"" Writer's Wanderings: Australia's Dream Job

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Australia's Dream Job

There it was, staring me in the face. My Yahoo home page had its teaser news story set on a dream job in Queensland, Australia. While I really needed to get started with my writing for the day, I couldn't resist. I clicked.

Dream job indeed. It involves becoming a "caretaker" on one of the islands near the Great Barrier Reef for six months. The job involves keeping the pool clean at the home you stay in (for free), feeding the fish, and collecting the mail (which involves flying with the aerial postal service a few times and getting an over all view of the other islands). Add to that snorkeling, exploring, and getting a good feel for all the things available for vacationers who visit the area and reporting via blogs, pictiorial diaries and media interviews. Salary? $100,000.

Our first trip to Australia we spent time at Dunk Island which is not far from Hamilton. It was a fantastic experience and was what got us involved in snorkeling and eventually in scuba diving. The resort was beautiful, the food delicious, and the hospitality exceptional--as we've always experienced in Australia. The Aussies are great people.

I was salivating after reading about the dream job on CNN. I went to the website--or rather I tried to go to the website. It wouldn't load and I'm guessing it's because everyone else in the world is going there too as the word spreads. Tourism Queensland has certainly created a buzz. Hope it works out for them. It's a great area of the world to visit--or live even if only for six months.

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