British charity worker Ben Southall, who won the 2009 competition to get ‘the best job in the world’, has spoken of his next Australian project.

Choosing what to do next after finishing ‘the best job in the world’ is a tricky decision, but British charity worker Ben Southall has decided to stay in Australia.

Ben won the 2009 competition to find the ideal candidate to be the caretaker of Hamilton Island just off the coast of Australia, beating off 34,000 hopeful applicants.

After a whirlwind year, he has decided to stay in Australia and kayak along the Great Barrier Reef, he told Wanderlust magazine.

He plans to undertake the 1,600km journey in order to raise money for conservation efforts in the area.

“We’re trying to get people to realise that Queensland is not shut, or underwater,” Ben said. “Coral reefs are dying, that is a major concern for people around the world.”

As part of the project, he will be taking part in several dives to explore the underwater world, with the aim of creating a Google Street View-style 360-degree view of the reef.

Travellers booking flights to Australia to see the Great Barrier Reef were recently given a boost by news that last month’s Cyclone Yasi only damaged 13 per cent of the shoreline.

Written by Anthony Nicholson

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