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An updated look at families previously featured on Wanted Down Under. A year after their week in Australia, where do the Underwood family call home?


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Would you be prepared to move to the other side of the world

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if it meant being reunited with your soul mate?

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In 2015, Victoria Underwood was willing to do just that.

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But first she needed to persuade her partner

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to move over 10,000 miles from home and leave his son behind.

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We caught up with them one year on to find out what happened next.

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For eight years, Victoria had longed to be with her sister in Australia.

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I don't know how long I can be without her.

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It just gets too much.

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But for husband Rob, emigrating meant being split from his son.

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It's just so hard when you're pulled from both sides.

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It just feels like, you know,

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you might as well just rip yourself in half.

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A trial week down under left him with a heartbreaking choice.

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I'm struggling. Either way, somebody's not going to be happy.

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So, one year on, are the Underwoods agreed on where to call home?

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Yeah! What do you think Mummy wished for?

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The world's sixth-largest country,

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Australia accounts for 5% of the world's landmass,

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stretching for 2,500 miles from east coast to west.

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But with just over a third of the population of the UK,

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there's plenty of room for newcomers.

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Drawn by the lure of a famed outdoor lifestyle

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and more than 10,000 beaches on which to enjoy it,

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every day, 23 British families jet off hoping to make the country home.

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Victoria Underwood has a loving husband and family,

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but life had felt incomplete

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since the sister she grew up with emigrated to Australia.

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Nearly a decade later,

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Victoria's desire to be close to her sister was stronger than ever.

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The only problem was husband Rob had a lot to give up in the UK.

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Ahead of Victoria lay a week to convince Rob

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Australia's where they should be living.

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Failing would mean she'd be separated from her sister forever.

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The biggest week in Victoria's life began

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with more than 24 hours of travelling via Dubai to Brisbane.

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When they finally touched down on Aussie soil for the first time,

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Rob was less than enthusiastic.

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Feeling a bit apprehensive about this week in Australia.

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I don't know what to expect.

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Hopefully this week will be a lot better

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than the travelling experience.

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Victoria was hopeful he could be won round.

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We're going to have a good week.

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We're going to show Rob what Australia's all about,

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and hopefully he knows why I want to live here.

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But Rob wasn't so sure.

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I need to be highly impressed this week.

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It's as simple as that.

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Victoria had just seven days to convince Rob

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Australia's where they should spend the rest of their lives.

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In 2015, Victoria and Rob Underwood lived in Grimsby

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with Frankie, then aged four, and Eyla, who was one.

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Growing up in the town, Victoria had a happy childhood

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shared with Emma, a sister she idolised.

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She did look after me a lot.

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She was one of them really caring sisters.

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We were really, really close growing up.

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Inspired by Emma's love of dancing,

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Victoria had become a professional performer.

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By 2004, the material girl was in Spain

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enjoying success as a Madonna act...

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# Cos we are living in a material world... #

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..when she met the love of her life.

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# Who can deny the joy it brings... #

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Rob was flying without wings in a Westlife tribute band.

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# You're flying without wings... #

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As soon as she saw me, she just knew I was the one.

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As if!

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With his sense of humour as well, it was, he made me laugh.

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-Yeah.

-And he still does make me laugh.

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The couple were embarking on a new life together back in the UK

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when a phone call tore Victoria's world apart.

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I just got the phone call from my sister.

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And it just... I couldn't even listen.

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I didn't even know what she was saying.

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News her parents were separating had been devastating.

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People don't realise how upset

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I am from my mum and dad never being together.

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-They've always been there for you, haven't they?

-They have.

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-Always been there, always.

-Whenever I've needed them, they've always been there.

-Always there.

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Sister Emma had then dropped another bombshell.

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She was leaving the UK behind for a new life in Australia.

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Eight years later, Victoria was still feeling the pain

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of having her sister on the other side of the world.

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I don't know how long I can be without her.

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It just gets too much.

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Desperate to be reunited with Emma, Victoria also thought

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Australia could provide her family with a brighter future.

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If she's having such an amazing life out there, maybe we can.

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And maybe we can go over there as well and enjoy our lives.

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But Rob didn't share Victoria's dream.

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I do not want to live in Australia.

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Because I feel that...

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our life is good enough here.

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He also had emotional ties of his own.

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Son Billy from a previous relationship was attempting

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to launch a professional boxing career in London,

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and leaving him behind was unthinkable.

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If I'm in Australia, I've got no chance of helping him

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or being there when he wants to talk to me.

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Well, if my dad went to Australia,

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of course it would be a bit of a struggle.

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Rob had some practical concerns, too.

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Having worked hard to establish regular gigs in Grimsby,

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he worried work wouldn't be as fruitful down under.

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So I think we would end up struggling financially to support ourselves.

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The next seven days would determine whether Rob or Victoria would face

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being separated from the ones they loved forever.

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Everything's riding on this,

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whether I'm going to get a bit of my happiness back,

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becoming myself again.

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For their first-ever trip to Australia,

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the Underwoods visited Queensland's Gold Coast.

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Just over an hour south of Brisbane,

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the modern city's home to half a million people,

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over 2,000 parks and beautiful beaches.

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Their base for the week was a four-bedroom home in Mermaid Beach,

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just a stone's throw away from the ocean

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and Victoria confessed she'd already fallen for Australia.

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Really, really, really nice.

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Lovely scenery, lovely buildings.

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And it's something I thought, yeah, it's definitely what I like.

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But Rob's mind was wandering

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to the dilemma he faced come the end of the week.

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I do feel a lot of pressure, cos I've got Victoria on one hand

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saying, you know, we could do this

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and it's an opportunity for us and for the children,

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and I've still the thought of my eldest son Billy

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being back in the UK, me not being there for him.

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Back in the UK, the Underwoods lived

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in a three-bedroom, semidetached house near Grimsby town centre.

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The family planned to rent if they made the move

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and Victoria knew exactly what she wanted from a home down under.

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A massive detached house,

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modern, clean lines, minimalistic,

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nice garden, it has to have a pool.

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That property sounds fantastic, and I would love that property,

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but it could also be in the UK.

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The family had £1,300 a month to spend on rent in Australia.

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To see what their money could get, we showed them three properties,

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two on budget and a third which could have been their dream home.

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Only after they'd seen each one do they find out what it cost.

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The search started in Currumbin.

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Lying to the south of the Gold Coast,

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the suburb has a small-town, country vibe,

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but is just minutes away from some of the area's best beaches.

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With excellent schools nearby,

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it could have been perfect for the Underwoods.

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But did this new-build four-bedroom home

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get Victoria's week off on the right foot?

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Wow!

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It was a good start.

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-That is nice.

-Big. Open.

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-I like it.

-High ceilings.

-Yeah, high ceilings.

-I like it.

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Frankie liked it and Victoria felt at home, too.

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I do like the kitchen. I could imagine myself, like,

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doing the cooking on there, watching the kids down there.

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As Frankie and Eyla took a break, Rob and Victoria headed downstairs.

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Ooh!

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-Nice.

-Cinema room.

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This is like the nice adult area

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-when the kids have gone to bed.

-Yeah.

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Back upstairs, the first bedroom got a good reaction, too.

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OK, good size.

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Bedroom, is this the master, do you think?

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It looks like it's got an en-suite, which is good. Good size.

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And obviously a big shower.

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He wasn't sounding too enthusiastic,

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but Rob's overall positivity had caught Victoria's attention.

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-You're not actually putting much negatives...

-Other than the fact...

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-..on this at the moment.

-Yeah.

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-Yeah.

-Still yet to be convinced completely, 100%.

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The narrow hallway soon saw him finding fault.

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If you was to try and get furniture in and out, it'd be a bit of an issue.

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You're being a bit picky.

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It's a little niggle, but, yeah, I think it's a fair niggle.

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Yeah.

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Outside, the garden went down well.

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-Wow!

-It's a big decking area, isn't it?

-That is big.

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Yeah.

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But there was something missing for Rob.

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There is no pool.

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So that's a negative.

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The house had delighted and disappointed,

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but could the couple afford it with their £1,300 a month budget?

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I think it's going to be about 1,400 a month.

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-What do you think?

-1,400 a month...

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I'm thinking a little bit less, but not a lot less.

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Between 1,300 and 1,350 a month.

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So I'll go in the middle at 1,325.

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Time to find out.

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-Oh!

-1,385?

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-1,385.

-How close is that?

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-That is pretty close.

-Yeah.

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£85 a month over budget.

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I am a bit um and ahhing, but I think maybe for that price,

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-we should be able to get a pool in as well.

-Yeah.

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-That's what I'm hoping for.

-Yeah, yeah.

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Property two was situated in the coastal suburb of Burleigh Heads.

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With a great choice of nearby schools and plentiful shops,

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cafes and recreation facilities,

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the Underwoods should fit right in.

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So would this four-bedroom home impress Rob more than the last?

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Inside, the signs were good.

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-Very wide.

-Oh, my!

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It's very nice. Very open as well again.

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Absolutely beautiful.

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The home had the modern look Victoria desired,

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but, ever picky, Rob spotted a problem.

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I've got a negative. I've got one.

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-Road noise.

-No, but them shutters are open.

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Yeah, but that won't make a massive difference.

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Moving on, a luxurious modern bathroom did appeal to Rob.

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Oh.

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That is nice.

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That is nice. It's a proper walk-in one.

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-Walk-in shower.

-Yeah, like a wet room.

-Wet room.

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They were both impressed by the spacious master bedroom.

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This is the best master I have seen

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and I have also seen my own walk-in wardrobe. I get my own.

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Even you can have a little bit of space.

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Oh, can I have a drawer or something?

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Yes. Oh, his and hers sinks.

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Feels like a mini hotel to me.

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And outside...

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So...we have a pool.

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-It's a nice pool as well.

-Yeah. No, I like it.

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Important thing on the list.

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It had definitely hit the spot, but with £1,300 for rent every month,

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was it affordable?

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I think this is more than the other properties, about 1,700 a month.

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Well, I think mine's more like the 1,650.

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I will do the honours.

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-Oh!

-Oh!

-£1,435 a month.

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Oh!

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That was £135 over budget.

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Pleasantly surprised.

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You're more than pleasantly surprised,

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-you're probably over the moon about it.

-I can't believe it.

-Yeah.

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Moving inland to the family-friendly neighbourhood of Ashmore,

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next we'd found what could be the Underwoods' dream home.

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And before they'd left the car, Victoria and Rob sounded upbeat.

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-It's stunning, isn't it?

-Well, this is the biggest one up to yet.

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-I can't wait to get in here. Let's go and have a look, come on.

-Let's look, quick.

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Inside didn't disappoint.

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-Nice, big hallway and entrance.

-Yeah, biggest hallway.

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It's really grand, isn't it?

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A spacious open-plan kitchen and living area were a big plus.

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-Oh. Yes.

-Wow!

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Yeah, it opens right up, doesn't it?

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Still the same thing that we like,

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where it's all open, you've got the sitting room.

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Yeah. Modern kitchen as well.

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But as the tour progressed, Rob became less certain.

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I don't know if it's the way it's decorated or anything like that,

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but I'm sort of feeling that the house before I liked a bit more.

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Upstairs, the scale of the bedrooms began to make amends.

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Oh, goodness me!

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-Oh, that's a big bedroom.

-Oh, wow!

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-That's massive.

-That has taken me back a bit.

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Everything about the house was super-sized.

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Big bedroom, big ensuite.

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It is like a mansion, isn't it?

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Outside had a perfect spot for entertaining and a pool.

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-Oh, I can see the kids in there, couldn't you?

-Yeah.

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The house had all the space the family needed,

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but how close was it to their £1,300 a month limit?

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It's going to be out of our budget.

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I'm thinking something along the lines of 1,900.

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-I'm going to go 1,900.

-I was going to say 1,900, as well.

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You turn it over, go on.

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£1,630 a month.

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I'm surprised.

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-Are you flabbergasted?

-Yeah.

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But then maybe it does make sense cos it's more inland.

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It was less than they'd feared

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and an extra £330 a month could be within reach

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with the right job prospects.

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It had been an eye-opening day exploring Gold Coast properties.

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The living area and kitchen of property one were a hit,

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but the lack of pool was a problem.

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Though traffic noise was a concern,

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a luxury bathroom and spacious bedroom meant

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property two went down well.

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Finally, property three's mansion-like proportions impressed,

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despite the dated decor disappointing Rob.

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So, when it came to the vote,

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had Rob seen enough to choose houses in Australia over the UK?

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Australia.

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-Australia.

-Ah!

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You picked Australia.

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Yeah, it's obvious, really, based on what we've seen today.

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The properties are better properties than in the UK.

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It's an easy vote.

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I'm over the moon. Well done.

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Rob's first vote for Australia meant

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Victoria's dream of a life in the sun with her sister

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was one step closer,

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but to keep him onside,

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she knew addressing his work worries was crucial.

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# Sugar pie, honey bunch

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# You know that I love you... #

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Back in the UK, Rob and Victoria had carved out

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successful careers as singers in pubs and clubs.

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# Each time you leave my door

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# I'm watching you walk... #

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Their salaries meant they work just two or three nights every week

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and for Rob to step up to the mic down under,

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he needed to be convinced that wouldn't change.

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Financially, I would need it to be...

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earnings to be just as much as what they are in the UK,

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if not more, to give me that perfect work/life balance.

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Without it, it's just a waste of time, really.

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Rob and Victoria were looking forward to exploring

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their work opportunities down under.

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Keen to work in fully fledged stage productions,

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Victoria visited a vampire-themed cabaret restaurant

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where we'd lined up an audition with stage director, Richard Mathionis.

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-Victoria!

-Hi.

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Welcome to Dracula's.

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After a quick transformation, it was showtime.

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# A goddess on a mountain top

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# Burning like a silver flame... #

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Richard was impressed.

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So, how much could Victoria earn in the spotlight?

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-The base salary, it's about £20,000 a year starting rate.

-OK, yeah.

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And if and when a position becomes available, we'd love to have you back.

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Oh, that would be brilliant, yeah.

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It was a fantastic result for Victoria.

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Hopefully, Rob's prospects would be as good.

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To see if securing regular work was really an option,

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we'd arranged an audition for him

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at one of the Gold Coast's largest entertainment venues.

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After a quick tour from manager Mark,

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it was time for Rob to take to the stage.

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# Now if you feel that you can't go on... #

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Earning enough to maintain a great work/life balance

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was Rob's biggest concern,

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so finding out about his potential salary was essential.

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If you were doing three performances per week, you're looking at £900.

0:19:170:19:23

You could work up to five nights per week, which would then substantially

0:19:230:19:27

increase your earnings up to 78,000 per year.

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He'd be sacrificing two evenings at home,

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but Rob could double his UK salary.

0:19:340:19:36

So, had he passed the audition?

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I was really impressed with what you delivered here today.

0:19:380:19:41

We'd be keen to have you work here at Jupiters.

0:19:410:19:43

Well, it's fantastic and my wife would be over the moon.

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After a busy night back at the house, it was time to vote on work.

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Australia.

0:20:020:20:03

Australia.

0:20:040:20:06

This is everything, this is everything that I've ever wanted.

0:20:060:20:09

I've been wanting this for so many years now.

0:20:090:20:10

I can't wait to tell my sister.

0:20:100:20:12

Honestly, she's going to be over the moon.

0:20:120:20:16

Victoria's week was going well, but there was still some way to go.

0:20:220:20:26

Would a day sampling the family-friendly outdoor lifestyle Australia's famed for

0:20:260:20:31

provide Rob with more temptation to make the move?

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To get the day underway,

0:20:350:20:36

Rob and Victoria took Frankie and Eyla for a swim in the open air.

0:20:360:20:39

While the move for Victoria had always been about her sister,

0:20:420:20:45

her time in Australia also convinced her the country had its own appeal.

0:20:450:20:49

Now I've been here and witnessed it and can see what kind of life

0:20:510:20:54

me and my family can have,

0:20:540:20:55

it's just something that, I think, I want it even more now.

0:20:550:20:59

Albeit reluctantly, Rob agreed the lifestyle had its merits.

0:20:590:21:03

You can see the type of things it has to offer and the type of enjoyment

0:21:040:21:07

that you could get from living here.

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Next stop, a local wildlife sanctuary, but despite having fun,

0:21:100:21:14

Victoria was worried about Rob's choice between her dream

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and his son, Billy.

0:21:170:21:19

He's going to find it hard to decide.

0:21:190:21:22

One way or the other, he's going to upset someone.

0:21:230:21:25

I hate myself to put him in that situation.

0:21:250:21:29

I'm struggling with that still.

0:21:290:21:31

I can't just forget about him and that's it.

0:21:310:21:33

It is not going to happen.

0:21:330:21:34

Either way, somebody is not going to be happy.

0:21:340:21:36

It makes life very difficult.

0:21:370:21:39

Tough choices lay ahead, but when it came to lifestyle,

0:21:400:21:44

was everyone convinced by what Australia had to offer?

0:21:440:21:47

-Australia!

-Australia.

0:22:010:22:03

Australia. There's a lot of things to do, basically.

0:22:030:22:06

I think I know it's a trial week type of thing,

0:22:060:22:09

but it's like we've done more here than what we would do in the UK.

0:22:090:22:14

I hope that you have enjoyed and seen what Australia can provide for us

0:22:140:22:18

as a lifestyle and for the kids, as well.

0:22:180:22:20

Another vote for Australia from Rob left Victoria hopeful,

0:22:250:22:28

but she knew the finances also needed to stack up

0:22:280:22:32

to make her dream their reality.

0:22:320:22:34

The couple believe their house in the UK was worth around £110,000.

0:22:360:22:41

So we sent round two estate agents to see if they were right.

0:22:410:22:44

Small hallway, Artex ceiling, Artex walls, low ceilings.

0:22:520:22:57

Not the most inviting entrance to the property.

0:22:570:22:59

Great, thanks(!)

0:22:590:23:01

And a third bedroom.

0:23:020:23:04

Although smaller of the other two bedrooms,

0:23:040:23:07

it is still a good size and very nicely decorated.

0:23:070:23:11

Designed for a small princess.

0:23:110:23:13

-It is.

-Definitely designed for Eyla.

0:23:130:23:16

Nice.

0:23:160:23:18

Great garden space to rear.

0:23:180:23:19

Didn't expect to see this space.

0:23:190:23:21

Great selling point.

0:23:210:23:23

This could help secure a sale on the property.

0:23:230:23:25

In today's market,

0:23:260:23:27

I would put this property on the market for 108,000

0:23:270:23:31

and, for a quick sale, I would put this property on the market for 103,000.

0:23:310:23:35

In today's market, I would value this property at £110,000.

0:23:350:23:40

For a quick sale, I would put it on the market at £105,000.

0:23:400:23:44

-In my opinion, I thought it was worth about 110.

-Yeah.

0:23:440:23:48

The couple moved on

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to discover how they'd fare financially in Australia.

0:23:490:23:53

This is crunch time.

0:23:530:23:55

-Are you ready?

-Let's work some figures out.

0:23:550:23:57

For a detailed look at the cost of living,

0:23:590:24:00

they began with their weekly grocery shop.

0:24:000:24:03

-Let's have a look.

-Milk.

0:24:030:24:05

-That's quite a lot more, actually.

-It is.

-Australian costs.

0:24:060:24:09

We've got fabric softener at £1.49 in the UK,

0:24:090:24:12

but it's coming out at £2.31.

0:24:120:24:15

A difference of £10.43.

0:24:150:24:20

Spending around £45 more per month on groceries

0:24:200:24:23

didn't leave Victoria too worried.

0:24:230:24:26

In the UK, our mortgage is £373 a month.

0:24:280:24:31

-It is, yeah.

-But if we rent in Australia, it's going to be £1,630.

0:24:310:24:37

Wow!

0:24:370:24:38

That's definitely a difference.

0:24:380:24:42

Rob was shocked to discover they'd be paying £744 more per month

0:24:420:24:46

down under, but when Australian earnings were taken into account,

0:24:460:24:51

the figures revealed

0:24:510:24:52

that they'd actually be £104 a month better off.

0:24:520:24:56

We always thought in our heads it was more expensive to live in Australia.

0:24:560:24:59

Yeah, but it is only by £100.

0:25:000:25:03

It's definitely something to think about because it's not...

0:25:030:25:06

It's not come out how I expected it to come out.

0:25:060:25:09

It was time to choose between finances in Australia and the UK.

0:25:090:25:13

-Australia.

-Undecided.

0:25:250:25:26

Obviously. I knew you was going to do that.

0:25:270:25:30

I can read you like a book, I really can.

0:25:300:25:32

If I was to make that jump,

0:25:320:25:33

then the money isn't correct for me.

0:25:330:25:36

It's just the way I feel about it, yeah.

0:25:360:25:38

Just over £100. It's not going to be hardly any difference.

0:25:380:25:41

Rob's indecision over money was a set-back for Victoria

0:25:460:25:49

and she knew her husband still had to face his biggest hurdle.

0:25:490:25:54

Frankie and Eyla were looked after by a childminder

0:25:540:25:56

while the couple sat down to watch messages from loved ones at home.

0:25:560:26:00

All right, Bob? All right, Vic?

0:26:000:26:03

I hope you had a good week out there

0:26:030:26:04

and you haven't been eaten by sharks.

0:26:040:26:06

That's the most important thing for you, all right?

0:26:060:26:09

Hope you had a good time in Australia,

0:26:100:26:12

although I'm missing you, but I'll be glad when you get back.

0:26:120:26:16

Hi there, though. I hope you're having a lovely week and I hope the weather's nice.

0:26:160:26:20

Hi, Victoria.

0:26:200:26:21

Hi, Rob. I hope you're having a really lovely time

0:26:210:26:24

and enjoying yourself so much.

0:26:240:26:27

My dad,

0:26:270:26:29

to be honest, he's a bit of a kid when he's with me.

0:26:290:26:31

We're on the same sort of level.

0:26:330:26:35

We get on well, we have a good time and that.

0:26:350:26:38

I couldn't wish anyone better as a daughter.

0:26:380:26:41

She's so loving and, well, she's got my heart, she always has.

0:26:420:26:48

We do want the best for you and want you to be happy.

0:26:490:26:52

We can't put our feelings in front of yours.

0:26:540:26:56

You've got to be happy.

0:26:560:26:57

I may never get to see her again in the flesh...

0:26:570:27:00

..and that's heartbreaking.

0:27:020:27:04

Really is. She is...

0:27:050:27:08

She is, she's the best.

0:27:110:27:14

It is your decision.

0:27:190:27:20

I know it sounds selfish, but I just hope you don't go.

0:27:200:27:23

I hope you make the right decision but, whatever decision you make...

0:27:260:27:30

..I will be there for you.

0:27:320:27:33

I love you all so much and I miss you.

0:27:330:27:37

I'll miss you a lot, if you go,

0:27:370:27:40

and I'd rather you stay here, if I'm honest,

0:27:400:27:43

to help me in my career and my life.

0:27:430:27:46

It's just... Seeing them all together on the screen straightaway

0:27:530:27:56

was just hard enough, before them even speaking.

0:27:560:27:58

-Yes.

-What about you?

0:28:000:28:03

Yeah, it's not easy...

0:28:030:28:05

Not easy at all.

0:28:060:28:07

After a decade of longing to live in Australia,

0:28:110:28:13

heartbreaking messages from home

0:28:130:28:16

have put Victoria's dream in jeopardy.

0:28:160:28:18

As their final vote approached,

0:28:180:28:20

Rob's decision would either delight or devastate his wife.

0:28:200:28:23

Being here for this week, I absolutely love Australia.

0:28:250:28:27

I'm starting to really enjoy it here.

0:28:270:28:29

It feels like it could be a home for us.

0:28:290:28:32

But the week had thrown the cost of a move into sharp focus for Rob.

0:28:320:28:36

The friends and family DVD and the reality check

0:28:360:28:39

have opened my eyes a bit more.

0:28:390:28:44

I hated seeing that video, to be honest.

0:28:440:28:46

I hated it.

0:28:460:28:47

Victoria feared a future with her sister

0:28:480:28:51

would be off the cards for good.

0:28:510:28:53

I think he's going to vote England.

0:28:530:28:55

I just do.

0:28:570:28:59

I'm going to grow old without my sister next to me.

0:28:590:29:02

I don't know how I can cope with it.

0:29:020:29:05

Rob wrestles with the hardest decision he'd ever had to make,

0:29:050:29:09

choosing between his wife and his son.

0:29:090:29:11

It's just so hard when you are pulled from both sides.

0:29:130:29:15

It just feels like, you know,

0:29:150:29:17

you might just as well rip yourself in half.

0:29:170:29:19

OK, after an emotional week here in Australia,

0:29:230:29:25

it's now time for the final vote.

0:29:250:29:27

Australia.

0:29:450:29:47

Australia.

0:29:480:29:49

SHE SOBS LOUDLY

0:29:560:29:58

I thought you were just going to say undecided.

0:30:080:30:11

It's an initial yes, but I need to just check some things,

0:30:110:30:17

do you know what I mean? I need to check some things but, you know,

0:30:170:30:21

I'm voting for Australia, OK?

0:30:210:30:24

I love you so much. I'm so thankful.

0:30:240:30:27

I love you too, baby. I love you too.

0:30:270:30:30

You know that anyway.

0:30:300:30:31

It had been an agonising decision, but after careful consideration,

0:30:470:30:52

Rob's final vote for Australia

0:30:520:30:54

meant Victoria could finally start planning

0:30:540:30:57

for a future closer to her sister.

0:30:570:30:59

So, time to find out where are they now?

0:30:590:31:03

It's 2016 and the Underwoods are living in...

0:31:040:31:09

Grimsby.

0:31:090:31:10

But not for long.

0:31:110:31:13

With Australia still in their sight,

0:31:130:31:15

they're preparing to move out of their house.

0:31:150:31:18

We're actually going to be handing the keys over tomorrow.

0:31:180:31:21

We're going to be moving to my mum's for a couple of weeks

0:31:210:31:23

and then we fly out to Australia on 4th of May.

0:31:230:31:27

It's a busy day, hectic, lots more to do as well.

0:31:280:31:33

The couple's plans swung into action when Victoria met up with her sister

0:31:330:31:37

at the end of their trial week

0:31:370:31:38

to break the news they'd be joining her

0:31:380:31:41

on the other side of the world.

0:31:410:31:43

She was so excited and I was crying

0:31:430:31:45

and it really was a great reunion

0:31:450:31:47

and to tell her that news, as well,

0:31:470:31:49

I think it just topped it off that we were there

0:31:490:31:52

and we would be coming back.

0:31:520:31:54

On returning to the UK, the first job was securing a Visa.

0:31:540:31:58

As entertainers,

0:31:580:31:59

they'd hoped to gain sponsorship from an employer in Australia.

0:31:590:32:03

When that didn't happen quickly enough,

0:32:030:32:05

Victoria discovered an alternative option

0:32:050:32:08

was becoming a student down under.

0:32:080:32:10

With my events and my entertainment,

0:32:100:32:12

they said that we could maybe look into a course, or something like that,

0:32:120:32:15

so I could get an actual diploma which is recognised in Australia.

0:32:150:32:20

I've always wanted to gain more qualifications in certain things

0:32:200:32:24

and I thought what greater opportunity than to do it now?

0:32:240:32:27

Just three months after applying and being accepted onto a course

0:32:290:32:33

in Brisbane, the Underwoods have their Visa.

0:32:330:32:35

The e-mail came through from my migration agent.

0:32:380:32:41

I read it and I was like...

0:32:410:32:43

Oh, that's it then.

0:32:430:32:45

I didn't really know how to react.

0:32:450:32:47

Rob couldn't believe it either.

0:32:480:32:50

I was actually in a bit of disbelief, really.

0:32:500:32:53

I couldn't believe it had finally happened.

0:32:530:32:56

He was like, what?

0:32:560:32:57

Is it? Is it...? I was like, yeah, that's it." He goes, "That's it."

0:32:590:33:02

"Oh, my God, we've actually got to do it now."

0:33:020:33:06

The couple had decided to hold off telling friends and family

0:33:070:33:11

about their plans until they were 100% certain they could go.

0:33:110:33:15

So with the Visa in place,

0:33:150:33:16

the next challenge was breaking the news they were moving

0:33:160:33:20

to the other side of the world.

0:33:200:33:21

When it came to Rob's family,

0:33:210:33:24

they always had a few doubts and I think they were a bit upset,

0:33:240:33:28

knowing you were going to decide to go.

0:33:280:33:30

Obviously my family are upset but, for my mum, I'm hoping,

0:33:300:33:35

fingers crossed, down the line, she'll retire over there.

0:33:350:33:38

My dad just always wishes the best for me.

0:33:380:33:41

Rob had been dreading telling his oldest son, Billy,

0:33:430:33:46

but, fortunately, the conversation went better than expected.

0:33:460:33:49

He said to me that he would be interested in living there himself

0:33:500:33:54

if he would be able to do,

0:33:540:33:56

which, obviously, I said, you can come whenever you want.

0:33:560:34:02

It was a better reaction than what I expected.

0:34:040:34:06

It did make things a hell of a lot easier.

0:34:070:34:11

Confident everything was going in the right direction,

0:34:110:34:14

the couple had managed to sell their house with just one small hitch.

0:34:140:34:18

We had an offer on the house,

0:34:180:34:19

we had the full asking price and then a week later,

0:34:190:34:22

-they decided to pull out.

-Back out, yeah.

0:34:220:34:24

And then after that, a week later, we had another viewing.

0:34:240:34:27

The next day, they offered the asking price and those are the ones

0:34:270:34:30

that are actually taking the house now.

0:34:300:34:33

They're moving in tomorrow.

0:34:330:34:35

-Yeah.

-It's just everything has just gone step, step...

0:34:350:34:39

Sometimes you go down a little bit, but then it goes back up again.

0:34:390:34:42

Where is all these boxes going?

0:34:430:34:45

To Australia on a boat.

0:34:450:34:48

Shipping their belongings out to Australia was another step in the right direction.

0:34:490:34:53

I was actually quite excited then because you see it all,

0:34:530:34:57

it's all getting packed for you,

0:34:570:34:58

it was all going in boxes and then you see it all go onto the van.

0:34:580:35:02

Then, I was actually quite excited.

0:35:020:35:05

I wasn't worried, or anything like that.

0:35:050:35:08

Frankie and Eyla took the house clearance in their stride, too.

0:35:090:35:13

We've been living downstairs on the mattress for about a week,

0:35:130:35:17

which has been fun.

0:35:170:35:18

The kids have loved it because they thought it was a bouncy castle.

0:35:180:35:21

Ready...

0:35:210:35:23

Go!

0:35:230:35:25

But despite the excitement,

0:35:250:35:26

both Rob and Victoria confessed that over the past few weeks,

0:35:260:35:30

they've had several last-minute wobbles about what they're doing.

0:35:300:35:34

You could wake up one morning and you'd be really excited about doing it,

0:35:340:35:37

then you wake up the next morning

0:35:370:35:40

and feel doubtful about doing it because you start to think

0:35:400:35:43

about what could go wrong.

0:35:430:35:45

So there has been times where I've thought to myself, is this worth it?

0:35:470:35:51

It's when you're sitting on your own and you're thinking too much

0:35:510:35:55

over and over things and you get worried

0:35:550:35:57

and that's why you have doubts.

0:35:570:35:59

It's the past few days since doing a lot of packing and things like that

0:35:590:36:03

and you see memories of pictures and things like that.

0:36:030:36:06

Just a lot of things come back and you think, is this worth it?

0:36:060:36:10

Shall we do it?

0:36:100:36:12

And now with their house almost packed up

0:36:120:36:15

and only hours from closing their front door behind them

0:36:150:36:18

for the last time, the couple are feeling a little nostalgic.

0:36:180:36:21

It's our first house that we've actually owned so...

0:36:220:36:27

it's, er, it's not easy to leave it.

0:36:270:36:31

I've decorated every single room,

0:36:310:36:33

I've put a paintbrush to every wall

0:36:330:36:35

and it's just so many memories and at least we know we can take

0:36:350:36:39

them memories with us and this is just bricks

0:36:390:36:42

and mortar at the end of the day, but I will miss it.

0:36:420:36:45

But with new owners moving in tomorrow,

0:36:450:36:47

the only option is to keep looking forward.

0:36:470:36:50

There's no turning back now. That's it.

0:36:500:36:52

Get on with it, get out.

0:36:520:36:55

Their journey back down under had begun.

0:37:070:37:10

Even if their first stop was just a few miles down the road

0:37:100:37:13

to Victoria's mum's house.

0:37:130:37:16

You know where to come to eat, don't you?

0:37:160:37:19

-Mmm.

-Yes.

0:37:200:37:22

Frankie and Eyla's grandma is only too happy to have them

0:37:220:37:25

under her roof.

0:37:250:37:27

It'll be a bit of a squeeze but...I'll enjoy it.

0:37:270:37:33

I've got to make the most of them being here

0:37:330:37:35

and just be with them for these last few weeks before they go.

0:37:350:37:39

Because I love them.

0:37:410:37:43

It'll be nice to spend some time with my mum before we go.

0:37:430:37:47

Meanwhile, with the money through from the sale of their house,

0:37:490:37:52

Victoria's still got some work to do.

0:37:520:37:55

We've got to sort out the flights now and then we've got to sort out

0:37:550:37:58

looking for some rental properties, as well.

0:37:580:38:01

We're trying to see if we can do that before we get over there.

0:38:010:38:03

Rob and Victoria will continue gigging up until their departure

0:38:050:38:09

and Frankie's still at school in the UK.

0:38:090:38:11

He's excited about his soon-to-be new life down under.

0:38:110:38:15

When I go to Australia, I'm looking forward to going to a new school.

0:38:160:38:21

For now, though, he's making the most of his time with grandma.

0:38:210:38:25

I love you, Grandma.

0:38:250:38:27

I love you too.

0:38:270:38:29

Lots and lots, don't we?

0:38:310:38:33

Yeah.

0:38:330:38:34

Victoria knows this precious time together is going to make it

0:38:360:38:39

even harder when the time comes to move on.

0:38:390:38:42

When it does come to that last day,

0:38:420:38:44

I know that it is going to be hard for everybody,

0:38:440:38:47

especially my mum because then she's going to be here on her own

0:38:470:38:50

and that...

0:38:500:38:52

It does make me feel.

0:38:520:38:54

um, guilty for doing that and leaving her.

0:38:540:38:57

That's because of the biscuit.

0:38:570:38:58

I'm going to miss them so much, but I know the children

0:39:000:39:04

will have a better life as well.

0:39:040:39:06

But the realisation that both daughters and all her grandchildren

0:39:090:39:13

are soon to be living on the other side of the world

0:39:130:39:16

has got Victoria's mum contemplating making the move herself.

0:39:160:39:20

That's one of me favourites, that one. I love that one.

0:39:200:39:23

-She's a little poser like me.

-She likes posing, yeah.

0:39:230:39:26

Just can't possibly stay here.

0:39:260:39:28

I just feel that they need me and I need them.

0:39:280:39:33

So, hopefully,

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it won't be long before we'll be reunited.

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Before any of that can happen,

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Rob and Victoria know they still face the reality

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of saying those last goodbyes to their nearest and dearest.

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It's going to be a challenge

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and it's not something I'm sort of looking forward to, obviously.

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It won't be forever.

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Just going to have some people round at my mum's house, just have some nibbles,

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have some drinks and have a chat about the old days like you do, I'm sure.

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It will be a sad time, but hopefully

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some giggles and some laughs as well at the same time.

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But first Victoria has something to celebrate.

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Are you going to blow the candles out on my birthday cake?

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Potentially her last birthday in the UK.

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-ALL SING:

-Happy birthday, dear mummy,

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happy birthday to you.

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Let me make a wish.

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Let me make a wish.

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All in one blow. What do you think Mummy wished for?

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Just weeks away from being back on the same side of the world

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as her sister, surely Victoria's wishes have already come true.

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She's thinking about moving to Melbourne, which is not far.

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It's only about an hour's flight.

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It's still closer than 20-odd hours away than being here in England.

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Rob's vote for Australia has certainly gone some way

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to making his wife's dream come true and he has his own plans

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for when they finally touch back down in Brisbane.

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To lay round the pool

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in the sun.

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No, my plan will be to get things ready so I can work

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as soon as possible and start earning money.

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And he's confident he'll be able to continue being an entertainer down under.

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That's what I do, it is what I'm good at, so, yeah,

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that's what I want to continue doing.

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Rob should be able to start work as soon as he can so hopefully

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that will help us financially.

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Hopefully, fingers crossed, it will all come together in the coming months.

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Meanwhile, another very important job can be ticked off their to-do list.

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It's all done.

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There's your summary of your flight.

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Literally, there's no going back.

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That's it now. You don't get a refund on flights, do you?

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We're not allowed to go back.

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-No.

-We can't go back, can't go back.

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Feels a bit weird now, doesn't it?

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It's been a frantic few months for the Underwoods,

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but having reached the point of no return,

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they're still confident they're making the right move.

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At this moment in time, our future lies in Australia.

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I definitely think 100% that my future lies in Australia,

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no matter what, because it's what I've wanted for so many years.

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We've committed now and that's it,

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so it's do or die.

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The Underwoods have come a long way

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in a relatively short period of time.

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Victoria's finally going to be living closer to her sister

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and who knows, maybe Rob's son Billy and Victoria's mum

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will decide to join them.

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For now, though, we wish them all the very best of luck

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adapting to their new life in Australia.

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In 2015, singer Victoria Underwood was longing to move her young family to Australia so she could be living on the same continent as the older sister she idolised. When her sister Emma had emigrated eight years previously, Victoria had been utterly devastated, and the pain of living on opposite sides of the world hadn't eased with time.

Husband Rob, however, had serious reservations about turning his back on their life in the UK - especially as it would mean breaking close ties with his 18-year-old son Billy, who was living in London. An entertainer too, Rob also feared a move would mean an end to the regular gigs he and his wife had built up in Grimsby.

A trial week in the Gold Coast gave the couple their first taste of what Australian living would be like for them and their two young children. Happily for Victoria, Rob agreed they could make a good life for themselves down under. So one year on, are the family living the dream on the other side of the world?