You Now Have The Opportunity To Live In Remote Paradise In Australia For Six Months

The Light Between Oceans novel has been turned into a reality as there's now the chance to live on a remote lighthouse island for six months

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How does living in a four-bedroom house, with no internet, on a remote island for six months of rest and relaxation sound to you?

Well, the chance is now yours, courtesy of the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service who are giving you and a friend/partner to live as caretakers on Maatsuyker Island – a 460-acre piece of land, six miles off the south coast of Tasmania.

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Successful applications – who boast an 'established relationship' and can prove to work well together – will work on the island from September to March, before another couple takes over care-taking duties.

Accommodation on the island is a 19th-century light keeper's house (don't worry, the actual lighthouse is run electronically by computer) equipped with a kitchen, living room and bathroom.

The downside is that the house doesn't have a television, wifi and only has one small fan heater, but dwellers will have plenty to keep them occupied on the island, according to the Telegraph.

Inhabited by an abundance of animals, Maatsuyker is a designated 'important bird area' and a Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Site which means you'll be living among penguins, fur seals and the odd elephant seal. Lucky you!

The land also has a vegetable garden so you can pick your own fruit and vegetables to cook for dinner.

However, those thinking of applying must be ready to provide their own food, clothing, entertainment and bedding, which must amount to the limit of 325kg per person, on the flight out to the island.

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Applicants will also have to be prepared to have little contact with the mainland, as there's only one resupply trip three months into the stay.

Oh, and don't think of getting ill in a hurry because helicopter evacuations are only possible in an emergency.

First aid qualification, anyone?

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service explains that the majority of applicants are couples, however individuals applying together will be considered. Children are strictly forbidden.

'It is important that the people who are on Maatsuyker at the same time are able to work well together,' reads the job specification.

Applicants should also have 'demonstrated experience living and working for extended periods in a remote, isolated and climatically challenging locations with limited outside support' and 'high levels of motivation'.

The experience is similar to the story from the best-selling novel The Light Between Oceans, which details a childless couple who live on a remote island off the coast of Western Australia and decide to keep a baby, after it washed up to the island on a boat.

The book was adapted into a film – starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander – and was released last year.

Sadly, the job specification makes no reference to whether Michael Fassbender will also be on Maatsuyker island – we can dream, right? – but it does say there are four slots of six months up for grabs over the next two years. You never know, maybe he'll fancy a break from acting this year and apply too.

So, what are you waiting for? Applications close on 30 January.

Michael, we're coming for you.

Find out more information here.

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