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Best Job in the World- Queensland Australia-Ben Southall

Updated on December 19, 2011

Australia or rather the State of Queensland issued a job advertisement as billed as the best job in the World. Essentially you got paid $150,000 to have a six month holiday on Queensland Whitsunday Islands and all you had to do was blog about it each day. It turned into a marketing dream with thousands applying for the job from around the World and generating publicity that money big money can only buy.

Six months lounging on an island in the Great Barrier Reef was billed as the best job in the world and, when almost 35,000 applicants seemed to agree, the job advertisement was hailed as one of the most effective PR stunts.

A young British clean-cut charity worker has been chosen as the person out of thousands of applicants to carry on a marketing campaign in Australia. Ben Southall. The competition that has generated tens of millions of dollars in free publicity for tourism in the Australian state of Queensland.

Ben Southall, 34, from Petersfield, Hampshire, said that it felt amazing to be chosen to be the caretaker of Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays. He won over the judges’ panel with his stunts, which included riding an ostrich and snorkeling in the Thames.

Tourism Queensland promised a A$150,000 (£74,000) salary and a rent-free, three-bedroom beach-side villa in return for snorkeling and feeding tropical fish 12 hours a month. What more could a young person ask for a paid jaunt to Australia to stay to blog to enjoy some of the most picturesque islands in the World.

Ben Southall gets to meet the Queenslan Premier


With special thanks to the following tourism operators who have supported Ben’s travel during July 2009:

Hamilton Island

Air Whitsunday


Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Hinterland Aviation

Voyages Lizard Island

Cairns Seaplanes

Green Island

Angsana Resort & Spa

Palm Cove Watersports Tours

Pangaea Boat

Sebel Reef House & Spa

Hayman Island Adventure Cruising

Explore Whitsundays


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A markerHamilton Island Whitsundays -
Hamilton Island, Whitsunday QLD 4803, Australia
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B markerAirlie Beach Queensland -
Airlie Beach QLD 4802, Australia
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    • vrajavala profile image

      vrajavala 8 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      I heard about this gig. Great job. I don't believe in global warming, but reef is pretty delicate stuff, I've been to Fiji

    • barryrutherford profile image

      Barry Rutherford 8 years ago from Queensland Australia

      See the reef before climate change destroys it !