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Best job in the world 'too good to leave'

Looking after koalas, sunbathing with seals - it sounds like a tough assigment, but someone has to do it!

It's billed as the Best Job in the World - looking after a tropical Hamilton Island off the coast of Australia, for six months.

It's part of a campaign that is proving a big success for Tourism Australia, aimed at the young traveller.

One of the first competition 'winners' was Ben Southall, from Hampshire, back in 2009. But, for some reason, he's still there! Fred and Sangeeta have caught up with him.

For details of this year's competition click here.

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British backpacker thought 'pick me up now or do me in'

The British backpacker who went missing in the Australian outback for three days and was "hours away from death" told ITV's Daybreak he reached "a desperate point" where he either wanted to be saved or succumb to the harsh conditions.

Sam Woodhead with his mother being interviewed by ITV's Daybreak. Credit: Daybreak

Sam Woodhead, 18, said rescue helicopters missed an SOS sign he had made from his rugby shorts and thought to himself on the third and final day he was missing, either "pick me up now or do me in."

Speaking from Daybreak's studio in London, Sam's father Peter said it was a "great strategic move of yours not to unpack the contact lens' from your bag two months ago."

The backpacker drank contact lens solution in a bid to stop himself from dehydrating.

His sister, Rebecca, said she expected a "great birthday present" from him and added that her promise of giving her brother a whack "still stands."


Sussex backpacker happy to be alive after rescue

A backpacker lost in the Australian outback for three days has spoken of his survival in temperatures reaching more than forty degrees. Former Brighton College head boy Sam Woodhead failed to return to a cattle station in Queensland on Tuesday.

His mother Claire Derry said he was 'within hours of death' when a rescue helicopter spotted his shorts, which the eighteen year old had put on top of an SOS signal. Here Sam speaks for the first time about his ordeal.

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British backpacker 'very fortunate' to be alive

A British backpacker who went missing for three days in the Australian outback said he felt "very fortunate" to be alive, in an interview with Sky News.

Sam Woodhead was missing for three days. Credit: Family handout

Sam Woodhead became lost after going out for a jog from the Queensland cattle station where he was working.

The 18-year-old lost two stone in weight and survived the blistering 40C heat by drinking contact lens fluid and his own urine.

Woodhead said: "It was a really amazing feeling to be picked up and realise that I was actually going to make it through...and it wasn't going to be the end."

Claire Derry, Sam's mother, said: "His birth was one of the best moments of my life, and this is pretty close to it, getting him back again, because I was pretty convinced it was touch and go. I did an awful lot of praying during that flight."


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ITV News speaks to mother of backpacker found after three days missing

The mother of a backpacker from Richmond, who's been missing in the Australian Outback for more than three days, has spoken of her relief after he found safe and well.

Eighteen year old Samuel Woodhead was reported missing in Queensland on Tuesday after he never returned from a jog. ITV News' Hannah Emerson-Thomas was the first to speak to his mother Claire, as she touched down in Australia to see him.

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