How you can live your best life working on one of Australia's most stunning islands

Being paid to live in paradise does not sound too shabby.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority are looking for a couple or small family to live and work as caretakers on Low Isles, a picturesque carbon-neutral cay off the coast of Queensland. 

Complete with azure blue waters, sweeping sandy shoreline and lush greenery, the tropical island is a sought-after snorkelling hotspot. Tourists can admire the coral and swim alongside turtles on the isolated slice of paradise.

Located 15 kilometres from Port Douglas, a town bordering the Coral Sea in Queensland's far north, the small 2-hectare island is home to a heritage lighthouse dating back to 1878, according to

The role does have its drawbacks, however. The island is not a luxury resort - meaning the caretakers need to sacrifice modern amenities like WiFi. The islands' compostable toilets and water tank are also cleaned by the caretaker.

Other caretaker duties include maintaining the lighthouse, communicating with tourism operators, taking care of weeds and counting a particular species of pigeon.

"Caretakers are very lucky to live and work on a beautiful tropical island - on face value this looks like a dream job in paradise," says Marine Park Authority Project Manager Stephanie Lemm.

"But maintaining an island is hard work and island living means limiting electricity and water use, which may not suit everyone."

Any New Zealanders who may be interested in the role can apply here.