Melbourne: Billed as ‘The best job in the world’, to laze on a paradise island in Queensland in Australia for a princely salary of $105,000 has evoked a huge response from across the world leading to the crash of the website where it was advertised.
So overwhelming was the response for the caretaker of the Hamilton island in Queensland, the website crashed in just 60 minutes as over 300,000 people visited the site.
Aspirants included a Swiss Olympic gold medallist and thousands of other sun-seeking teenagers.
The job had been advertised by the tourism department of Queensland which could require the successful applicant to explore the Great Barrier Reef, laze by the beach and make friends with the locals.
“We have been flooded with over 300,000 people visiting the website Tuesday in one hour alone and this led to the crash of the site,” Queensland tourism minister Desley Boyle said.
The person chosen to be “caretaker” will live rent-free in a multimillion-dollar beachfront villa on Hamilton Island for six months.
“This is not a competition, it is a genuine job - and it will be tough for the successful candidate,” Boyle said.
“He or she will be required to live (on the island), undertake a range of activities such as swimming, snorkelling, bushwalking and exploring the islands of the Great Barrier Reef.”
Eleven finalists from around the world will be chosen and flown to Queensland for an intensive interview process, tourism minister Desley Boyle said.