January 12, 2009

Australia offers tropical ‘dream job’

Australian officials are seeking applicants to fill a dream job that includes swimming, sailing and living rent-free in a villa with a pool.

Anthony Hayes, chief executive of Tourism Queensland, said the agency is searching for someone willing to spend six months on the tropical Hamilton Island while blogging and posting pictures and videos to draw tourists to the area, the BBC reported Monday.

Hayes said the caretaker, who would be paid $103,000 for six months, would also be charged with feeding some of the island's exotic fish and collecting mail addressed to the island.

It doesn't sound too bad does it? We are looking for someone to tell the stories of the Great Barrier Reef and we have come up with what we think is the dream job, Hayes said.

There are hundreds of islands scattered along the Great Barrier Reef, he said. We are looking for someone who can go and explore all the different islands then report back to the world on what they see. We need a special person. They are going to be pretty busy having a good time.