INUNDATED: St Bees managing director Phil Webb has received about 100 applications.
INUNDATED: St Bees managing director Phil Webb has received about 100 applications.

More than 100 apply for job

IT'S time to stop dreaming about a workday spent gazing at ocean views, wearing thongs and followed by a game of beach-golf on a low tide.

On Tuesday St Bees Island manager Phil Webb chugged out of Mackay Harbour with two new caretaker recruits on board, after the Whitsunday Times and Mackay Daily Mercury put the call out for those interested in "the best job in the world" last week.

Speaking over the hum of the barge's engine, Mr Webb said the response to the job opening was "overwhelming", particularly as he was used to living life on "island time".

"I received about 100 phone calls and emails about it," Mr Webb said.

"I was run off my feet. I wasn't expecting such a big response."

The two new caretakers started their trial run on Tuesday for the next week, and if they didn't work out, Mr Webb said he had plenty waiting in reserve.

One would stay in the old caravan on the island, while the other would anchor his yacht just offshore and take a tinny to work each day, he said.

Mr Webb said almost all the applicants were from between Sarina and Proserpine, and some even had previous island care-taking experience.