Saturday 18 November 2017

Dublin man wins 'Best Job in the World' as Outback Adventurer in Australia

Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Aspiring Dublin entrepreneur Allan Dixon has won the 'Best Job in the World' as an 'Outback Adventurer' in Australia's Northern Territory.

The Dubliner beat thousands of competitors for the dream gig, which will see him "getting up close and personal with Australia’s wildlife, journeying through the outback, meeting the locals and discovering exciting new adventures for young travellers", according to the job description.

And he will be paid $100,00AUD (roughly €72,000) for the pleasure. Allan is no stranger to taking risks for his business, having previously created and sold his own internet company

Managing Director of Tourism Australia Andrew McEvoy said that the decision was tough, but in the end, Allan was the worthy candidate.

“I’d like to congratulate all of the 18 finalists for the tremendous enthusiasm and effort they have put into this competition," he said. "Allan is among six successful candidates that have demonstrated incredible talent, energy and desire throughout the application process and will, I’m sure, take these positive attributes into the job with him.

“We’re delighted to have an Irish winner.  We know the Irish have a strong affiliation with Australia and we hope this competition will encourage more young people from Ireland to consider a working holiday Down Under,” he added.

Allan has spent the last week Down Under battling it out with 17 other finalists from all over the world, where bosses were whittling them down based on a series of adventure, nature-based, social media and photography challenges.

He is expected to begin his job this Autumn.

The five other dream job offers were made to:

Andrew Smith (USA): Chief Funster (New South Wales)

Roberto Seba (Brazil): Lifestyle Photographer (Melbourne, Victoria)

Elisa Detrez (France): Park Ranger (Queensland)

Rich Keam (England):  Taste Master (Western Australia)

Greg Snell (Canada): Wildlife Caretaker (South Australia)

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