Island Caretaker needs help

Sailing Maxi into arlie

Sailing Maxi into arlie

Best Job in the World is Tourist Queensland promotion for Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. This last winter thousands of hopefuls made viral videos and applied to be the “island caretaker” of Hamilton Island. Yours truly included. The winner was a blond brit; Ben Southall, a young enthusiastic beach and surf poster boy. An obvious choice, second only to a female version backpacker adventurer type.

Now only one month after the start of the Island Caretaker job was awarded, Tourism Queensland is looking for 4 mates; Island caretaker helpers for Ben Southall. It seems the job was just too much for this “bloke” from UK. Perhaps experience should have been the choice over blond beach hair? Or its just that after the fanfare of the “best job” competition the PR drive was not able to be sustained and a new way to grab attention and capitalize on those million of internet hits was needed.

Personally I would love to win a 7 week trip to Queensland for me and 3 of my friends. It is just my type of trip. My wife and I have done much of this trek already. In 2004 and 2005 we travelled from Perth to Ayers Rock to Cairns, Australia, doing several weeks in Queensland. Flying down to Rockhampton and then driving up the sunshine coast to Townsville, MacKay, Arlie Beach, Tully, Mission Beach and up to Port Douglas, Cooktown and Kuranda. Along “Bruce” the only highway I know with a proper name (Where else but Queensland?), We experienced the people and places of Queensland and blogged about it on http://Mytripjournal.com/Queensland2005.

Queensland Vacation

Queensland Vacation


Should I enter this competition? Of course. At least this time I wouldn’t have to sit in the snow.

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