Tourism Queensland’s Island Caretaker Ben Southall checks out the Capricorn Caves yesterday afternoon after arriving in Central Queensland from his “office” on Hamilton Island.
Tourism Queensland’s Island Caretaker Ben Southall checks out the Capricorn Caves yesterday afternoon after arriving in Central Queensland from his “office” on Hamilton Island. Kieran Campbell KC

Ben's best job to come

THE man with the best job in the world is about to find his favourite office is on the Capricorn Coast.

Ben Southall, employed earlier this year by Queensland Tourism for a six-figure job to experience the state, will spend the next four days off the coast of Yeppoon and on Great Keppel Island.

The 34-year-old Brit arrived at the Capricorn Caves, north of Rockhampton, late yesterday afternoon with his girlfriend, Bre Watkins, and parents Duncan and Margaret.

Earlier this month Ben had an interview with “the most famous woman in the world”, Oprah, via video hook-up from the Great Barrier Reef.

After waiting online on Skype for an hour, Ben said it was a buzz to have an eight-minute window to chat with the multi-millionaire US TV presenter.

“It’s when you see the tape played back and she (Oprah) turns around and says, ‘We’re talking to Ben Southall who’s got the best job in the world’ that you think, ‘My God, that actually is me’.

“So it’s a bit weird.”

During his four days in town, Ben and his family will spend two days “doing some real fishing” on a boat off the coast of Yeppoon and two days exploring Great Keppel Island.

This is the first time he’s had a chance to “work” with his mum and dad in town for Christmas after the pair arrived in Australia on Monday.

“It might be a bit more relaxed with mum and dad there and we might do some different things,” he said.

Ben has two more weeks as the Island Caretaker on Hamilton Island before he starts with Queensland Tourism.

He said the past six months had been “very, very busy”.

Follow Ben’s trip at www.islandreefjob.com.



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