Category: Hamilton Island


Countdown To Best Job In The World

March 4th, 2009 — 6:44pm

Yesterday, my client Tourism Queensland announced the Top 50 finalists for the destination’s highly-coveted Island Caretaker position, a.k.a The Best Job In The World.

As the phenomenal media and public response continues, I can’t help thinking about my good fortune in being part of such a groundbreaking campaign – one that will culminate in a once in a lifetime experience for the successful candidate.

Best Job In The World: All smiles after snorkeling for the first time during January’s press trip to Queensland (photo courtesy: Kent St. John)
Nearly 35,000 people from across the globe have applied for the six-month $100k gig on Queensland’s Hamilton Island. The amazing response has been especially fun for me, since I got to experience first hand in January the majesty and excitement of the Islands of The Great Barrier Reef.

Best Job has been such a hit across all media – from The Today Show to Twitter – that it’s redefined viral marketing and reminded me how, in this post-Facebook landscape, we’re all separated by a lot less than six degrees.

One of my best friends from the UK, Eva, shot the 60-second application video for a friend of hers. She didn’t make the Top 50, but it turns out that a fellow publicist (and blogger) I’ve worked with many times, Angelene Orth, did.

Best Job Finalist Angelene Orth (a.k.a Big Apple Angie)

Angie is one of six Americans in the running. Check out her fabulous video here. You can view the videos of all 50 finalists at http://www.islandreefjob.com/, and cast a vote for your favorite. The most popular candidate will join 10 selected by Tourism Queensland to fly down for interviews in May. Online voting runs now through March 24th.

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Countdown To Best Job In The World

March 4th, 2009 — 1:44pm

Yesterday, my client Tourism Queensland announced the Top 50 finalists for the destination’s highly-coveted Island Caretaker position, a.k.a The Best Job In The World.

As the phenomenal media and public response continues, I can’t help thinking about my good fortune in being part of such a groundbreaking campaign – one that will culminate in a once in a lifetime experience for the successful candidate.

Best Job In The World: All smiles after snorkeling for the first time during January’s press trip to Queensland (photo courtesy: Kent St. John)
Nearly 35,000 people from across the globe have applied for the six-month $100k gig on Queensland’s Hamilton Island. The amazing response has been especially fun for me, since I got to experience first hand in January the majesty and excitement of the Islands of The Great Barrier Reef.

Best Job has been such a hit across all media – from The Today Show to Twitter – that it’s redefined viral marketing and reminded me how, in this post-Facebook landscape, we’re all separated by a lot less than six degrees.

One of my best friends from the UK, Eva, shot the 60-second application video for a friend of hers. She didn’t make the Top 50, but it turns out that a fellow publicist (and blogger) I’ve worked with many times, Angelene Orth, did.

Best Job Finalist Angelene Orth (a.k.a Big Apple Angie)

Angie is one of six Americans in the running. Check out her fabulous video here. You can view the videos of all 50 finalists at http://www.islandreefjob.com/, and cast a vote for your favorite. The most popular candidate will join 10 selected by Tourism Queensland to fly down for interviews in May. Online voting runs now through March 24th.

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Hamilton Island: Day Two

January 15th, 2009 — 5:16pm

Monday afternoon, our group of 10 boarded a seaplane for a breathtaking flight over the Great Barrier Reef.

Our 30-minute trek took us into the heart of Australia’s greatest natural wonder (literally — one of the most famous reefs is in the shape of a heart), with magnificent views of the deep, deep blue water and colorful reef formations.

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is even more awesome up close than I thought it would be

The only downside — it was a very bumpy ride, and the turbulence found me and several of the journalists feeling more than a little green.

Thankfully, it was a smooth landing in the waters of Whitehaven Beach, where we enjoyed some sparkling wine and fruit.

The flight back was much calmer, especially because I got to ride shotgun in the cockpit.

Flying High: I enjoyed the cockpit view during the return flight to Australia’s Hamilton Island

The next morning, we all headed over to the koala gallery. It took four trips to Australia, but on this work-related journey I finally got a photo with the native creature.

This koala got very friendly as I posed for a picture with him

Though koalas are notoriously unfriendly in real life, this one not only posed for pictures, he placed his paw on nearly every female breast he came in contact with. What an animal.

After our koala encounter, it was off to the airport to catch a flight back to Cairns. Next stop on our whirlwind itinerary — Lizard Island.

I love my job!

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Hamilton Island: Day Two

January 15th, 2009 — 12:16pm

Monday afternoon, our group of 10 boarded a seaplane for a breathtaking flight over the Great Barrier Reef.

Our 30-minute trek took us into the heart of Australia’s greatest natural wonder (literally — one of the most famous reefs is in the shape of a heart), with magnificent views of the deep, deep blue water and colorful reef formations.

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is even more awesome up close than I thought it would be

The only downside — it was a very bumpy ride, and the turbulence found me and several of the journalists feeling more than a little green.

Thankfully, it was a smooth landing in the waters of Whitehaven Beach, where we enjoyed some sparkling wine and fruit.

The flight back was much calmer, especially because I got to ride shotgun in the cockpit.

Flying High: I enjoyed the cockpit view during the return flight to Australia’s Hamilton Island

The next morning, we all headed over to the koala gallery. It took four trips to Australia, but on this work-related journey I finally got a photo with the native creature.

This koala got very friendly as I posed for a picture with him

Though koalas are notoriously unfriendly in real life, this one not only posed for pictures, he placed his paw on nearly every female breast he came in contact with. What an animal.

After our koala encounter, it was off to the airport to catch a flight back to Cairns. Next stop on our whirlwind itinerary — Lizard Island.

I love my job!

Comment » | Australia, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island, koalas, seaplanes, Whitehaven Beach

A Visit to Hamilton Island’s Qualia

January 14th, 2009 — 5:23pm

Sunday night, I joined about 40 journalists from across the globe along with Tourism Queensland’s executive staff for dinner at Qualia, Hamilton Island’s newest luxury resort.

Set on 30 private acres (gated access is restricted to guests only), Qualia’s 60 pavilions feature jaw-dropping island views, modern eco-inspired décor and soothing silence (no kids allowed).

The sense of arrival begins with Qualia’s open air lobby.

Qualia’s open air lobby was the setting for a Tourism Queensland-hosted dinner reception for media

During the cocktail hour there, I enjoyed Champagne and a selection of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres (including kangaroo with fruit chutney and the best fried shrimp I’ve ever had), and learned more about Hamilton Island from CEO Glenn Bourke.

Glenn told me and San Francisco-based freelance writer Kristin Luna about the Oatley family, Hamilton Island’s owners. Known for their philanthropy and great wines (Rosemount is their signature label), the Aussie clan has invested $300 million on Hamilton over the last five years. Still in the works — a new yacht club and golf course.

Everyone at the dinner was buzzing about Tourism Queensland’s new Best Job In The World campaign, the destination’s just-launched global search for an Island Caretaker who will help spread the word about the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef.

Skirt Magazine editor Stephanie Davis, Tourism Queensland’s Kylie Smith and me at the Qualia dinner

During a delicious three-course meal, TQ’s Wendy Levy and I talked about how exciting it is to be part of such an innovative campaign that is reaching people around the world.

Expecting her second child this spring, Wendy told me how she met her husband through an unusual Aussie improv group called Theatre Sports. Her tale reaffirmed my belief that having fun — especially in an unconventional way — is a surefire approach to finding Mr. Right.

At this particular moment, though, I’m happy to be footloose and fancy free. It’s impossible to be anything but when you’re experiencing the wonders Down Under!

Coming up…my first-ever snorkeling adventure and the island hopping in Queensland continues.

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A Visit to Hamilton Island’s Qualia

January 14th, 2009 — 12:23pm

Sunday night, I joined about 40 journalists from across the globe along with Tourism Queensland’s executive staff for dinner at Qualia, Hamilton Island’s newest luxury resort.

Set on 30 private acres (gated access is restricted to guests only), Qualia’s 60 pavilions feature jaw-dropping island views, modern eco-inspired décor and soothing silence (no kids allowed).

The sense of arrival begins with Qualia’s open air lobby.

Qualia’s open air lobby was the setting for a Tourism Queensland-hosted dinner reception for media

During the cocktail hour there, I enjoyed Champagne and a selection of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres (including kangaroo with fruit chutney and the best fried shrimp I’ve ever had), and learned more about Hamilton Island from CEO Glenn Bourke.

Glenn told me and San Francisco-based freelance writer Kristin Luna about the Oatley family, Hamilton Island’s owners. Known for their philanthropy and great wines (Rosemount is their signature label), the Aussie clan has invested $300 million on Hamilton over the last five years. Still in the works — a new yacht club and golf course.

Everyone at the dinner was buzzing about Tourism Queensland’s new Best Job In The World campaign, the destination’s just-launched global search for an Island Caretaker who will help spread the word about the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef.

Skirt Magazine editor Stephanie Davis, Tourism Queensland’s Kylie Smith and me at the Qualia dinner

During a delicious three-course meal, TQ’s Wendy Levy and I talked about how exciting it is to be part of such an innovative campaign that is reaching people around the world.

Expecting her second child this spring, Wendy told me how she met her husband through an unusual Aussie improv group called Theatre Sports. Her tale reaffirmed my belief that having fun — especially in an unconventional way — is a surefire approach to finding Mr. Right.

At this particular moment, though, I’m happy to be footloose and fancy free. It’s impossible to be anything but when you’re experiencing the wonders Down Under!

Coming up…my first-ever snorkeling adventure and the island hopping in Queensland continues.

1 comment » | Australia, Best Job In The World, Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island, Island Caretaker, Qualia, Tourism Queensland

Dispatch From Down Under: Hamilton Island

January 12th, 2009 — 5:00pm

Greetings from Queensland, Australia. It’s been a whirlwind since my Virgin Blue flight touched down here yesterday in Hamilton Island, one of the 600 Islands of the Great Barrier Reef and the largest inhabited island in the breathtaking Whitsundays.

Led by our gracious Tourism Queensland escort Kylie, a group of 8 U.S. journalists and I drove by buggy through Hamilton Island’s winding hills to the aptly named Reef View Hotel. Upon entering my room, this was the view that greeted me…

What A View! My room at the Reef View Hotel on Australia’s Hamilton Island overlooks the Coral Sea.

I had just enough time to change and freshen up before rejoining the group and heading up to One Tree Hill, for a 360 degree look around.

Taking it all in from One Tree Hill atop Hamilton Island

Next, we toured Blue Pearl, a three-bedroom duplex home with sweeping island views, for a Q&A session with Tourism Queensland’s dynamic CEO Anthony Hayes.

It was then that we revealed to the journalists Tourism Queensland’s groundbreaking new campaign — The Best Job In The World. The destination has just kicked off a global search to finding a winning candidate for the position.

What exactly is The Best Job In The World? Tourism Queensland’s newly created role of Island Caretaker. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime — six months to live and work on the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef.

The perks? In addition to accommodations on Hamilton Island at Blue Pearl, a $100k salary and the chance to share what it’s like to live above the reef by blogging and video diaries.

I’ve been here only a day and can definitely say the winning applicant will have no shortage of material. Majestic and unspoiled island beauty, an array of activities for the adventurous, and 2,000 welcoming locals. This is Australia at its best, nestled within one of the world’s greatest natural wonders.

Think you’ve got what it takes to be Island Caretaker? Log on to http://www.islandreefjob.com/ before February 22nd and submit a one-minute video application.

I may not be eligible for the Island Caretaker gig, but as I get to know this subtropical paradise, I can’t help feeling like I’ve got the best job in the world too.

Coming up…a visit to Queensland’s newest luxury resort and a bumpy but unforgettable plane ride over the Great Barrier Reef.

1 comment » | Australia, Best Job In The World, Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island, Tourism Queensland

Dispatch From Down Under: Hamilton Island

January 12th, 2009 — 12:00pm

Greetings from Queensland, Australia. It’s been a whirlwind since my Virgin Blue flight touched down here yesterday in Hamilton Island, one of the 600 Islands of the Great Barrier Reef and the largest inhabited island in the breathtaking Whitsundays.

Led by our gracious Tourism Queensland escort Kylie, a group of 8 U.S. journalists and I drove by buggy through Hamilton Island’s winding hills to the aptly named Reef View Hotel. Upon entering my room, this was the view that greeted me…

What A View! My room at the Reef View Hotel on Australia’s Hamilton Island overlooks the Coral Sea.

I had just enough time to change and freshen up before rejoining the group and heading up to One Tree Hill, for a 360 degree look around.

Taking it all in from One Tree Hill atop Hamilton Island

Next, we toured Blue Pearl, a three-bedroom duplex home with sweeping island views, for a Q&A session with Tourism Queensland’s dynamic CEO Anthony Hayes.

It was then that we revealed to the journalists Tourism Queensland’s groundbreaking new campaign — The Best Job In The World. The destination has just kicked off a global search to finding a winning candidate for the position.

What exactly is The Best Job In The World? Tourism Queensland’s newly created role of Island Caretaker. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime — six months to live and work on the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef.

The perks? In addition to accommodations on Hamilton Island at Blue Pearl, a $100k salary and the chance to share what it’s like to live above the reef by blogging and video diaries.

I’ve been here only a day and can definitely say the winning applicant will have no shortage of material. Majestic and unspoiled island beauty, an array of activities for the adventurous, and 2,000 welcoming locals. This is Australia at its best, nestled within one of the world’s greatest natural wonders.

Think you’ve got what it takes to be Island Caretaker? Log on to http://www.islandreefjob.com/ before February 22nd and submit a one-minute video application.

I may not be eligible for the Island Caretaker gig, but as I get to know this subtropical paradise, I can’t help feeling like I’ve got the best job in the world too.

Coming up…a visit to Queensland’s newest luxury resort and a bumpy but unforgettable plane ride over the Great Barrier Reef.

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