World’s best job winner engaged

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28th Jun 2012
Written by: Andrew Tipp

World's best job winner to marry

Winner of the famous 2009 recruitment viral gets engaged

He landed the ‘world's best job' and now he's hoping to bag the world's best wife.

Back in 2009 Ben Southall took part in Tourism Queensland's 'Best Job in the World' campaign, by applying for the position of caretaker on Hamilton Island, a tropical haven in Queensland, Australia.

The 37-year-old beat 34,000 other applicants to secure the job, earning him a AU$150,000 salary and a luxury villa on the island.

Ben fell in love with Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef during his time as island caretaker, and has now proposed to his Brisbane-born girlfriend Sophee McPhee. The couple are due to marry in November this year.

As part of his role as caretaker of Hamilton Island during his stint doing the ‘best job in the world', Ben needed to update a blog with photos, videos and diary entries documenting his experience to help promote the area as a tourist destination worldwide.

Ben now works as a Tourism Ambassador promoting Queensland; one of 150,000 people reportedly working in the tourism industry in the state. His role involves highlighting the entire area rather than just the Great Barrier Reef.

Like Ben, more than one in ten (12.5%) Brits between the ages of 16-24 years-old likely to follow their dreams abroad for love, and with Queensland offering beautiful beaches, World Heritage-listed rainforest and the famous Great Barrier Reef there are endless possibilities for getting married in the place where Australia shines.

Where are Ben and Sophee tying the knot? Hamilton Island, of course.

Check out Ben's original application for the ‘best job in the world' below.

Want to know more about Queensland? Head to our Queensland section.

Like to read about Australia generally? Check out Louise Denton's Guide to Australia.

Feature image of Hamilton Island by idreuk.


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