Blogging in paradise for $6000 a week

They’re advertising it as The Best Job In The World and it certainly sounds alluring – six months in paradise being paid $6000 a week and all you have to do is a weekly blog with video updates and photos:

The Caretaker of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef is a newly created position. There are a few minor tasks that need to be taken care of, but the most important duty is to report back to Tourism Queensland (and the world) and let us know what’s taking place on the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef.

The successful applicant will be paid $150,000 and get a rent-free three bedroom house for six months for such arduous duties  as:

Explore and report back
There’s so much to see and do, so you’ll have plenty to write about in your weekly blog. And with so much life above and below the water, you’re sure to capture some entertaining moments for your video diary and photo gallery. To keep you busy, Tourism Queensland will organise a schedule of travel and events on the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Your schedule could include sampling a new luxury spa treatment at qualia on Hamilton Island, trying out new snorkelling gear on Heron Island, or bushwalking on Hinchinbrook Island.

Feed the fish
There are over 1,500 species of fish living in the Great Barrier Reef. Don’t worry – you won’t need to feed them all.

Clean the pool
The pool has an automatic filter, but if you happen to see a stray leaf floating on the surface it’s a great excuse to dive in and enjoy a few laps.

Collect the mail
You’ll have some time on your hands, so why not join the aerial postal service for a day? It’s a great opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of the reef and islands.

It’s a real job but it’s also a ploy to increase tourism in Queensland and if the interest generated counts, it’s already been successful.

I got on to the sotry via the ODT  but it took me several attempts before I got on to the website. This could be a result of the traffic its getting – it crashed yesterday  after it was overloaded by hits from Britain.

2 Responses to Blogging in paradise for $6000 a week

  1. I am highly interested in the dreamjob at Hamilton Island as caretaker for Tourism Australia, I am fully equipped for this role and would love to hear more from you. many good wishes. Antonieke


  2. The story made the BBC news too and freatured in many papers like the Daily Mail.
    I bet they get too many applicants, so it might not be worth applying.
    Surely Tourism NZ can think of something similar for here.
    Surely there is a lonely and lovely spot needing a similar housekeeper, say in the Bay of Islands or in the Southland fjords?


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