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Australia extends 'world's best job' to four more

world Updated: Aug 13, 2009 23:36 IST

Four friends will get a "holiday of a lifetime" with the Australian tourism department extending its 'Best Job in the world campaign' to four more mates in the sunshine state.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh on Thursday announced one lucky person would be drawn at random next month and awarded an all-expenses-paid holiday along with three other friends to the Great Barrier Reef for the rest of the year.

"Six months just isn't enough time to sample everything so we're looking for some mates who can share in the experience with (Queensland's island caretaker) Ben Southall," Bligh said according to media reports.

"The friends will report back to Ben about their experiences with photos, videos and via a guest blog."

She said anyone could enter and the winner could chose any three friends from all corners of the globe to join them.

"These four mates will have the holiday of a lifetime," she said, adding, "They won't get a salary, but gee they'll have a lot of fun. "And we'll work them hard as well."

Tourism Queensland chief executive Anthony Hayes said the value-for-money promotion was expected to cost less than USD 50,000 but would buy much more publicity that would translate into sales, adding, the region had already seen a 15 to 20 per cent spike in bookings in the wake of the campaign.

Southall beat more than 34,000 applicants to land the coveted $150,000, six-month tenure as caretaker of Hamilton Island and now has around 150,000 followers on his blog.