I received more than one email the other day telling me – APPLY FOR THIS JOB.  In an effort to save their billion dollar (18 billion to be exact) tourism industry, Australia is offering the “best job in the world” – island caretaker.  They had me at “island.”  Where’s my application? 

The job pays 150,000 Australian dollars (105,000 US dollars) and includes free airfares from the winner’s home country to Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland‘s state government announced on Tuesday.

In return, the “island caretaker” will be expected to stroll the white sands, snorkel the reef, take care of “a few minor tasks” — and report to a global audience via weekly blogs, photo diaries and video updates.

The successful applicant, who will stay rent-free in a three-bedroom beach home complete with plunge pool and golf buggy, must be a good swimmer, excellent communicator and be able to speak and write English.

Perhaps we should throw it all (back) in the bag and head back Down Under.  With a three-bedroom pad, I’m sure someone will come visit us….right?!  Maybe.  What an awesome deal. 

I urge everyone to apply 🙂  At the very least, put “visit Australia” on your to-do list.  Read the entire article on this incredible job here.