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Great Barrier Reef caretaker discusses job

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29 January 2010

The role of caretaker to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia made headlines when it was advertised as the best job in the world.

On the eve of the country's celebration of Australia Day, the reef's recently appointed caretaker Ben Southall shared his experiences of the job so far.

His anecdotes were presented to local travel agents on 25 January at the Toronto Design Exchange.

Ben secured his post as Tourism Queensland's Island Caretaker after fending off opposition from a field of 34,000 applicants.

Those who were unable to attend the Toronto event can still learn about Ben's exploits through the blog that he is required to maintain as part of the position.

A visit to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia could provide everything that a traveller may wish for, even without the honour of scooping the "best job in the world".

Suite 101 recently reported that tours of the reef are "premium luxury escapes" for holidaymakers, describing the region as one of the world's natural wonders.

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