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Dubliner Allan jumps for joy after winning 'best job in the world' in Australian outback

A Dublin man is to turn Crocodile Dundee after scooping the 'best job in the world'.

Entrepreneur Allan Dixon is to be an Outback Adventurer in Australia's Northern Territory.

He 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".

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 set up and then sold his own internet company.

But the payment could well be seen as danger money, with the deadly species he will face in the Northern Territory, including the Saltwater Crocodile, which can grow up to 18 feet long.

Speaking about the competition, managing director of Tourism Australia Andrew McEvoy said the Irishman had faced some stiff competition, but was a 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 past week there 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.

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