The shortlist for the „best job in the world” is done!

Four Britons are among 50 finalists hoping to be picked for the best job in the world – as „caretaker” for a string of sun-kissed islands along Australia’s famous Great Barrier Reef. A total of 34684 people from 200 countries sent promotional videos about themselves to Tourism Queensland, an arm of the state government, in the hope of being picked as the winner of the dream job.

The Britons are:
Douglas Stidolph, a technology student from Guildford, Surrey; Mr Stidolph, 20, said in his video that he was ‘ready for something different’. He had previously visited Australia, and fell in love with the country.

Ben Southall, an events manager from Petersfield, Hampshire; Mr Southall, who is in his 20s, has visited numerous countries and is so keen on the water that ‘I’m practically a fish myself.’

Holly Smale, a writer from Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire; Miss Smale, in her 20s, wants to show off the Australian sun to the world.

Sarah-Louise Lane, also a writer, from London. Miss Lane, another applicant in her 20s, has travelled around the world twice and is a qualified diver.

The top 50 candidates come from a wide range of professions, including a dance instructor, a charity fundraiser, physiotherapist, chef, DJ, scientist and an actor.
From the 50 finalists, 10 will be narrowed down to 10 by Tourism Queensland while an 11th will be voted for online by the public. Those 11 will be flown to Hamilton Island and the winner will be „signed on” to start work on July 1. That’s if living rent-free in a £2 million villa on Hamilton Island, one of the main holiday spots on the Great Barrier Reef, and lazily earning £75,000 over the next six months can be called work. Hamilton Island is dubbed the „jewel in the crown” of the Whitsunday Islands.

Dream job: The successful candidate will live rent-free in a £2million villa on Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays off Australia. The ‘caretaker’ will be expected to travel through more than 100 islands off the Queensland coast and keep tourists happy by joining them in golf, tennis, diving, walking and just sunbathing. He or she will be expected to keep a weekly blog, telling the world about interesting events that have taken place and – the tourism authority hopes – enticing more holidaymakers to the region.

In competition with the four British finalists are applicants from America, Japan, Canada, Germany, Greece, India, China, Kenya, Guam, New Zealand and Australia. So many people logged onto a website showing videos of the entrants when the short-list was announced today that the site crashed for a second time. „We’ve been watching everything from action and adventure, comedy, animation and a choreographed musical number,” said Tourism Minister Desley Boyle. „The selectors had a very tough job whittling the application videos down. I understand it was a robust discussion, but what it boiled down to was the motivation and professionalism of the applicants and their „fit” with the job.’

Australian tourism chiefs are offering Brits the chance to bag the ”best job in the world” as the caretaker of a desert island – with a salary of nearly #1,000 per HOUR.