Fish-feeding, pool-cleaning and mail-collecting now the 'best job in the world'? Only in Australia...

by Tom 12/01/2009 16:35:00

In a campaign that's garnering its fair share of media attention, Tourism Queensland have launched a new campaign to find a suitable 'Island Caretaker' for Hamilton Island. Situated in the Great Barrier Reef, the island requires one worker to take on the 'best job in the world', with the only 'duties' being to report on their experience through regular blog, photo and video updates, along with feeding the fish, cleaning the pool and collecting the mail as they see fit!

What's more, the salary is a little more competitive than the usual caretaking rates; the lucky applicant who lands the six month contract will be reimbursed with a wage of AUD $150,000 - not to mention return airfares and free accommodation in a luxury apartment on the island. Check out the promotional video below for a taster of the paradise you could be enjoying:

So, what's the catch? Well, aside from being Tourism Queensland's own performing monkey for six months, that's it! Think of it as appearing in your own series of Big Brother, except you're not stuck in some miserable house surrounded by idiots, and you can choose whether or not to let people watch you in the shower and you've already won.

What's more, the criteria for applicants seems even less demanding than Big Brother; apparently, all you need are great communication skills, a willingness to try new things and good swimming skills (which might be the most essential, considering your main source of fun for six months is going to be exploring the surrounding reef).

So, think you stand a chance? If so, all you have to do is knock together a 60-second video application of why you're the ideal candidate and also complete the online application at The application deadline is February 22, but with thousands estimated to enter, the odds might be against you winning what's being termed as the 'best job in the world'.

So, for a better bet of getting Down Under for a year of work and play , why not apply for a working holiday visa? Provided you're aged between 18-30 and meet the eligibility requirements, you'll be guaranteed the opportunity to experience Australia on your own terms. The rent might not be included, but hey, the sun, sea and surf are still 100% gratis!



It turns out, the intersest in the Dream Job from all over the world is so high, it actually crashed the server!

- Tom Blackett is the Online Editor for the Australian Visa Bureau

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

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