When Tourism Queensland advertised for a ‘Caretaker’ of an Australian tropical island in 2009, more than 34,000 people applied for what was described as ‘the best job in the world.’
Briton Ben Southall, then 34, landed the coveted role which came with a A$150,000 (£73,000) salary for a six-month contract and a luxury villa in Queensland.
His job was to promote Hamilton Island, on Queensland's Great Barrier Reef, and the job description required he "explore the islands of the Great Barrier Reef, swim, snorkel, make friends with the locals and generally enjoy the tropical Queensland climate and lifestyle".
Now Tourism Australia is looking to fill six new positions, including a Chief Funster in Sydney and an Outback Adventurer in the Northern Territory.
Tourism Australia says the six winners could find themselves ‘caring for koalas on Kangaroo Island; cruising the tropical Great Barrier Reef; tasting and critiquing Australia’s finest food in Western Australia; hosting spectacular parties in New South Wales; learning the art of photography in Melbourne or exploring the rugged landscape of the Northern Territory’s Outback.’
The jobs come with a lower salary than last time, however, with A$100,000 (£67,390) offered for a six-month contract.
Australia hopes the marketing campaign, which was launched in London on Monday, will encourage young Britons to fill some of the 36,000 vacancies in tourism-related jobs across Australia.
The original ‘best job in the world’ campaign apparently netted £50m worth of free publicity for Queensland's tourist board. Clearly it’s hoping for a similar boost this time – but will the newest stunt attract as much interest?
The six jobs up for grabs
1. Lifestyle Photographer in Melbourne, Australia – style photo shoots, experience hidden secrets and share trends in one of Australia’s most visual and cultural cities, Melbourne.
2. Chief Funster in Sydney, New South Wales – become a social media commentator and professional party-goer, planning, attending and reviewing the coolest gigs, parties and VIP events in Sydney and around NSW
3. Wildlife Caretaker, South Australia - look after Australia’s native wild life, care for koalas, talk to wallabies, sunbake with seals, feed echidnas and mother penguins, all while keeping visitors informed about the remarkable Kangaroo Island
4. Taste Master, in Western Australia - sample the finest fare and wine, tour the best restaurants, wineries, pubs and lobster eateries, while also heading off the beaten path to catch some of the freshest seafood on Australia’s undiscovered coastline
5. Park Ranger, in Queensland – responsible for protecting and promoting native plants and animals, rainforest walks, spectacular waterfalls, untouched beaches, dinosaur fossils, indigenous culture and marine life
6. Outback Adventurer, in the Northern Territory - uncovering the best adventures and experiences in the Australian Outback. You’ll sleep under the stars in a bush camp, immerse yourself in indigenous culture and taste traditional bush foods.