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Families consider relocating down under. After falling for Australia in his twenties, dad Martyn is desperate to return. But can his family be convinced?


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Travelling in your twenties

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often leaves you with rose-tinted memories.

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But if you'd spent almost three decades longing to set up home in

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Australia, how would you go about making the dream your reality?

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Particularly if not everyone in your family agrees with the idea

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of moving to the other side of the world.

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Martyn Williams has dreamt of living down under

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ever since a tragic accident forced him back to the UK 26 years ago.

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My plans for the rest of my life had to be put on hold.

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Now over two decades later,

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he's desperate to make the country his home.

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As far as I'm concerned, really,

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it's a case of now or never.

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A trial week in Adelaide is Martyn's chance to get the whole family on

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-board for a move.

-I am actually thinking about whether a move to

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Australia is the right choice for us.

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But when things don't go QUITE to plan...

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I don't like it. It's kind of dull, it's small.

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..will the life he longs for be over before it begins?

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It's heartbreaking, really, to know that the dream may now be dead.

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Famed for its stunning landscape,

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pristine beaches and laid-back lifestyle,

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Australia has been the number one choice for Brits seeking a new start

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abroad for over two decades.

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But not everyone makes it work.

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Around half of those making the move return home,

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their hopes of a new life dashed.

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Martyn Williams has dreamt of setting up home in Australia

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ever since a car crash cut short a trip there

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when he was in his twenties.

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Now, well into his forties,

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he's desperate to make the move before it's too late.

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But while older son Josh is excited about the possibility,

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he still needs to convince wife Leona and their two younger children

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that the country really is where their future lies.

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Will a trial week down under divide or unite the family,

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when they see what life could be like on the other side of the world?

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The journey has taken the Williams family 10,000 miles from home

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and, after 23 hours in the air,

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they've finally touched down in Adelaide.

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It was a long journey. Managed to get a little bit of a sleep

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-on the plane.

-The journey went quite well.

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Really tired. We're all smiling still, so...!

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Martyn is delighted to be back in a country he left over 20 years ago.

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It feels good to be back in Australia again.

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I never, ever thought that I would actually manage to get back here.

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The children share his enthusiasm.

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I'm really excited about the week ahead.

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I can't wait to see what Adelaide has to offer.

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I'm really excited to see what's out here,

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cos my dad has always dreamt about coming here.

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But the time travelling has left Leona contemplating the distance from home.

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While I was on the journey, I was actually thinking about my mum.

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And gosh, it really is a long way away.

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Martyn knows the coming days will be crucial if he's to persuade his

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family to make the move.

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If, at the end of the whole week,

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the whole family aren't convinced about coming,

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I think for me, the dream is then going to be over,

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and I'm going to be spending the rest of my life in the UK.

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Back in the UK, the Williams live in Ipswich in Suffolk.

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They're dad Martyn, mum Leona,

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Josh, who's 15, 11-year-old Henry and Lily,

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who's eight.

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The family have a great life in England,

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but Martyn would give it up in a heartbeat

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to move to the other side of the world.

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It's something I really wanted to do.

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When he headed down under on a year's working visa in his twenties,

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it was with the intention of making the move permanently.

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It was the plan to live in Australia and make a life for myself.

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Just five weeks into the trip, however,

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disaster struck when the camper van Martyn was travelling in

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went out of control, leaving him seriously injured.

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I broke my back.

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I was left in hospital in Australia for two months,

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where it became clear that the trip

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was going to be cut short.

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His dream shattered,

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Martyn was left with no option but to return home to the UK.

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This was obviously devastating to me at the time.

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My plans for the rest of my life then had to be put on hold.

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Over a quarter of a century later, though,

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Martyn is fighting fit and the Australian dream still going strong.

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Martyn talks to me about Australia at least once a fortnight.

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If it was his choice and I said yes, I know he'd go there like a shot.

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I've never forgotten the dream.

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It's always been there at the back of my mind.

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Talk of emigrating has split the family down the middle.

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Whilst oldest son Josh shares his dad's enthusiasm...

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He's got my adventurous side.

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Going to the beach all the time, the weather,

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it seems like a wonderful place to be.

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Me and Dad are definitely two of the main people that want to go.

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..mum Leona and the younger children, Henry and Lily,

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are less agreeable about moving.

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I've always had excuses not to go

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and we've got a great life here.

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We've got fantastic jobs,

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-a lovely home.

-It's family, because my nan, my grandad, my grandma,

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my grandad, they're such a huge part of our lives.

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I do want to go because I really want to see all the animals.

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I don't want to go there because I'll miss my whole family and stuff.

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Martyn is aware of the risks involved in the move,

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but worn out by a hectic lifestyle in the UK,

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he's convinced Australia could offer him the family time he's missing.

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I'm up at 6:00 and I'm not home until 7:30pm.

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I just don't have the time to spend with the children that I want to.

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Henry's always on at me to play cricket with him in the garden.

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To be able to do that with him would mean so much to me.

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Putting everyone on the same page could prove easier said than done,

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-though.

-I think Leona, Henry and Lily,

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are going to need some serious convincing.

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Starting a whole new life again, it would just be...

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..us five as a family.

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I'm also worried about relocating the children.

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I'm very happy with the schools they're at.

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Leona also fears Martyn's distant memories

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may not stand the test of time.

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He hasn't been back for over 20 years now.

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So, will he find it different to how he felt when he was single,

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without a family?

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But her biggest concern is the thought of saying goodbye

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to her beloved mum.

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We're very close, we see each other every day.

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I can't imagine life without my mum, living thousands of miles away.

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Ironically, though, after 26 years talking about it,

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Leona's mum has now given her daughter her blessing

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to pursue the life Martyn dreams of.

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Leona's mum has given her the partial green light

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to possibly think about a move out to Australia.

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If you really do want to do it,

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and you actually went over there and found out you loved it,

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I couldn't bear to stand in your way.

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But despite his mother-in-law's blessing,

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Martyn knows the decision to emigrate will be far from easy for Leona.

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I know there's going to be a lot of heartache along the way and that

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everything has got to be right.

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The family now face just one week to see if the country

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Martyn hankers after will live up to his expectations

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and prove to be somewhere the whole family can call home.

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I'm 48 years of age now.

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As far as I'm concerned, really, it's a case of now or never.

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Here's to a good night, everyone.

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-ALL:

-Cheers!

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If I get to the end of the week in Australia,

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and the family decided that they don't want to move to Australia,

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I'm going to be gutted that my dream of 26 years...

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..is over.

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The Williams are spending their trial week in Adelaide,

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capital of South Australia.

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With almost 20 miles of sun-soaked beaches,

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it's a firm favourite with Brits seeking a fresh start down under.

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Their base is in Hackney, just five minutes' drive from the city centre.

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Will this three-bedroom detached property

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meet the Williams' expectations?

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-Nice high ceilings.

-Yeah.

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But it's not the perfect home from home for Henry.

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The kitchen area's a bit small.

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And Lily's underwhelmed, too.

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Do you like this room, Lily?

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-Yeah.

-Yes?

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She's not so keen on that.

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Fortunately, for Martyn, the garden puts them in better form.

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I like this. Work out! Whee!

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But, as the family settle in,

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it's soon clear Leona's not sold on her new surroundings.

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Do we see ourselves living here?

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-No.

-Standing in this kitchen now,

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we're thousands of miles away from home,

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I don't see any improvement over here.

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It's not a great start for Martyn,

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but he's staying positive that things can only get better

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in the days ahead.

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Let's just hope the sun comes out

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and then we can see what the rest of the week's got to offer us.

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Back in the UK, the Williams family live in a modern,

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detached four-bedroom home in Ipswich, 15 miles from Suffolk.

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This is actually our dream house.

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It took a lot of hard work to get this house to where we are today.

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Our life was on hold, apart from building this house at the time.

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Every weekend, coming down here.

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-Evenings.

-Evenings.

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If they decide to move, their budget

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for a house down under is £850,000.

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So what kind of home are they after?

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Very modern, sleek lines.

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Big windows. Close to the beach.

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-So, if we could move this house, it would be ideal.

-Yeah.

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And the dream house in Australia?

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-A pool.

-Cinema room.

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Big garage. A stable for Lily's horse.

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Despite being the one pushing for the move,

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Martyn admits the property would be a deal-breaker for his family.

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If we couldn't find what we wanted out in Australia,

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-it would end the dream, I think, really, for us, wouldn't it?

-Mm.

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To find out what kind of house they could have in Australia,

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we'll show the family three properties,

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

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Only after they've seen each one will they discover its value.

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The Williams' property search begins in Kingston Park,

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a small beach-side suburb

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half an hour's drive from Adelaide city centre.

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The weather isn't in Martyn's favour, but will this modern,

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four-bedroom home win the family over?

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Right down by the sea. This looks lovely.

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-Is that it?

-It looks really nice, doesn't it?

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-It looks beautiful, doesn't it?

-It's lovely. It's really modern.

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Exactly what we're looking for.

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Close to the beach.

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First impressions are good.

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Will inside get the thumbs up, too?

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Oh! That's nice.

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That's so cool.

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-This is giving me a bit of a wow factor.

-Yeah!

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Leona likes what she sees, too.

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This is definitely the style we're looking for, isn't it?

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The modern. Lots of windows.

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And Josh is feeling right at home.

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It's just like our house back in England, but...

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-With a nicer view.

-Yeah, with a nicer view!

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And hopefully some nicer weather.

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Can you see yourself living here?

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-Mm-hm!

-Yeah.

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Even in the bad weather, everyone can see the benefits of the balcony.

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-It's lovely out here, everyone.

-Whoa!

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Even better with the sun.

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Look at the sea view from here!

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-Cut one of them trees down, it would make it even better!

-Yeah!

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Back inside, the master bedroom gets a positive reaction.

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Whoa!

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-Nice, isn't it?

-It's lovely and light.

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This is ideal for us.

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With the dressing room as well, it's perfect.

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-It's lovely.

-Very nice.

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But, more importantly...

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-There's enough room for your shoes there, Leona.

-Is there?

-Just about.

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-This is huge.

-That's really nice, isn't it?

-This is lovely.

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This is like our dressing room at home, but a lot bigger.

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And there's more.

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So, what have we got through here then? Let's have a look.

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Oh, whoa!

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It's a walk-in shower.

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-That is...

-So cool!

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The modern wet room is a hit

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and Lily's found something SHE likes, too.

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-This is my bedroom.

-Is it?

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-You like this bedroom?

-Yeah.

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-Look! You've got a dressing room, Lily.

-Let's see. Ooh.

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But the boys aren't so taken with their potential rooms.

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It's a bit smaller than the one back at home.

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You'd have to keep it tidier, then!

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Another en-suite soon cheers Henry up, though.

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-This is lovely.

-That's so cool.

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This one is actually even bigger than the ones back at home.

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You two will be fighting for this one now.

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We are lucky to have en-suite bathrooms back at home.

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It would be really cool to have them here as well.

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The interiors of this property

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have gone down well, but the exterior isn't

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quite hitting the spot.

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The garden doesn't give you that wow factor really, does it?

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And there's one important feature missing for Josh.

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It doesn't have the swimming pool, which was crucial in our criteria.

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It might not be quite perfect, but the family are still curious to see

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whether their £850,000 budget could afford them a house like this.

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Everything looks as if it's been done to a real high quality.

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-Yeah. Everything we're looking for really, isn't it?

-I think so.

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-Apart from a swimming pool.

-Apart from a swimming pool.

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So, I think, we're over budget on this one.

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I think it's £950,000.

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-And I'll go for 890,000.

-Will you?

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-Whoa!

-No way!

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That's under budget.

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-Wow!

-Wow!

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That's £50,000 under budget

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and Josh has an idea.

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That 50,000 extra...

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-Get a swimming pool.

-Get a swimming pool!

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With such a positive start to their property hunt,

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the family may be coming round to Martyn's way of thinking.

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And there are still two properties left to view.

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The next is in Crafers, a leafy suburb in the Adelaide Hills,

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20 minutes' drive from the city centre.

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It's lovely round here, isn't it?

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It would obviously look better in the sunshine.

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Will this four-bedroom house have the wow factor for the whole family?

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-That's lovely, isn't it?

-Yes.

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Really beautiful. Beautiful surroundings.

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Before even reaching the front door,

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the children spot something to get excited about.

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-Whoa!

-Swimming pool!

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Sweet!

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It's a great start.

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-Oh, this is nice.

-And first impressions indoors are good, too.

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It's lovely here. Nice and open plan.

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Look at the views!

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But Lily has another kind of viewing on her mind.

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-Mum, where's the television?

-What do you need a television for with a

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-swimming pool like that?

-There's too much going on out there, Lily,

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-to look at a television.

-Whoa!

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The main living area is a hit with everyone.

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-Computers and...

-A lovely, big, open space.

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A big television.

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-Yep.

-I like the log burner.

-I know.

-That's nice.

-That could be your job.

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You could go out there and chop some wood up for me.

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That should keep Josh busy!

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Next, the master bedroom.

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Will it meet expectations?

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This would be the ideal bedroom.

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-Most definitely. It's bigger than what we've got at home.

-Yeah.

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The walk-in wardrobe has plenty of shoe space for Leona.

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I think I'll fill a couple of them shelves up.

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And the en-suite's perfect for two.

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-Look, it's a double shower.

-Oh, wow!

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-I've never seen one like that before.

-A double sink.

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But, once again, the boys aren't blown away by their bedrooms.

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-Children's room.

-Not too sure on this.

-No?

-No.

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It's a lot smaller than the ones back at home.

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-I don't like it.

-You don't like it?

-No. It's kind of dull, it's small.

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The house has received mixed reactions,

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-but will it be within the family's budget?

-A house like this

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could tempt me to move across from the other side of the world,

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but I do think it's going to be over budget.

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I think it's going to be around the £900,000 mark.

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I think it's definitely going to be in our budget.

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I think it's going to be around 850,000.

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-Do you?

-To me, it just doesn't feel...

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100%.

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I think, yeah, going to be over budget as well

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and I think it's going to be about £890,000.

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Go on, then, Josh. Let's see what the price is for this one, shall we?

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Ooh!

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THEY GASP

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That's £164,000 under budget.

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-I can't believe that.

-No way!

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-Crumbs.

-You just would not get that at home, would you?

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No. That IS surprising.

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-A nice surprise, though.

-Yes.

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It's another step in the right direction for Martyn's vision of moving.

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Hopefully, the chance to view what we think could be their dream home

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will help seal the deal.

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It's in the suburb of Myrtle Bank,

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just 15 minutes' drive to the city and 20 minutes' drive to the beach.

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Fingers crossed the rain doesn't dampen their spirits.

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I have a feeling it's going to be very old-fashioned.

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I'm not sure about this at the moment.

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-No.

-First impressions don't sound good,

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but appearances can be deceptive.

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-Whoa!

-It's a bit different to what I was expecting.

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-Spacious.

-It looks very spacious, doesn't it?

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It's a lot bigger than I thought it would be.

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The open-plan living area hits the spot for Martyn.

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Oh, gosh!

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-Whoa!

-Look at this. That is amazing.

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This is really nice.

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-Oh!

-This has certainly shocked me from looking at it from the outside.

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It's nice to have everything...

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-you know, all together.

-Yeah.

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The kitchen provides some welcome surprises.

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-Lights!

-This is cool.

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And the outside space ticks all the boxes.

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-Look at this!

-Wow!

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That's what you call a barbecue.

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Wow! That is so cool.

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We've got everything we need here.

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We've got the decking.

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A nice big table.

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-Barbecue.

-Pool.

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-Swimming pool.

-For friends.

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Garden for football as well.

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The perfect entertaining space, really, isn't it?

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This garden has got everything that you'd...

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Every box you wanted to tick possible.

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Henry's impressed.

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I really do like this.

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Really brings out the wow factor.

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Hello!

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Things continue on a positive note back inside.

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Wow! Gosh, that's lovely, isn't it?

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Wow!

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-This is lovely.

-I really like this room.

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-It's everything we'd want.

-Yeah, you do?

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Oh, this is the...dressing room!

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-That's huge.

-This is enormous.

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That is enormous, isn't it?

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-It's really nice.

-This is way bigger than the one you've got back home.

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Yes. So, the walk-in wardrobe is the dream walk-in wardrobe, isn't it?

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And the family bathroom gets a thumbs-up from Josh.

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I think it is a good compromise.

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A very nice bathroom.

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-So, you'd be happy with this, would you?

-I'd be happy.

-Yeah.

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So, good news all round.

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Despite first impressions, the family love this property.

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It's everything we wanted.

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The open living space.

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-The outdoor living.

-That's what we envisaged for Australia.

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But, with £850,000 to spend,

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will it be affordable?

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-I think it could be slightly over budget.

-Yeah.

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I think I'm going to go for £865,000.

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OK. I think it's over budget again.

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I'm going to go 875.

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Turn it over and see.

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-Wow!

-No way!

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That's just £7,000 above their budget.

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So, slightly above budget, but doable.

0:20:400:20:43

-Close enough.

-That's really exciting that we could get all of this -

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everything we want,

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for that price.

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It's been a positive day on the Williams' property hunt.

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While they like the space the first house offered,

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the lack of pool put the family off.

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House number two came in bottom of their budget

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and had the all-important swimming pool,

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but wasn't enough to charm Martyn or Josh.

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Just £7,000 over budget,

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the final property proved to be the dream home with its open-plan living

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and outdoor space.

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So, when it comes to homes in Australia,

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how will the family cast their vote?

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Based on the three properties we have seen today, our vote goes to...

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-MARTYN:

-Undecided!

-OTHERS: Australia!

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-Undecided?

-Yeah.

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-Why?

-There were certain bits about each house I saw today that I wasn't

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-quite happy about.

-But all the houses were on budget, or...

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It's got to feel right for me

0:21:490:21:51

-to leave the house we've got in England.

-Yeah.

0:21:510:21:54

I felt all the houses had something to offer more than the UK.

0:21:540:21:58

-Yeah.

-I voted for Australia because the houses I saw were in budget,

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and...they're amazing.

0:22:030:22:04

They're the dream houses.

0:22:040:22:06

Swimming pools, the barbecue.

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I think they're as good, if not better, than the UK.

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With Leona and the children won over by Australian property, ironically,

0:22:190:22:23

it's now Martyn who's questioning the move.

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Hopefully a day exploring work options in Australia

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will be enough to put his dream back on track.

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In the UK, Martyn works as an insurance broker.

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I enjoy working within the insurance industry.

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I'm an audit analyst and I review audit reports from cover holders

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throughout the world.

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But a long commute to London leaves him exhausted

0:22:460:22:49

and with little family time.

0:22:490:22:51

I'm up at 6:00 every single morning to travel to the train station

0:22:510:22:55

and don't get home until 7:30pm every night.

0:22:550:22:58

This is very tiring and impacts totally on my family life.

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While Martyn would like a similar role in Australia,

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he hopes to make some changes.

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I would like a shorter commute to have a better work-life balance.

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In the UK, Leona is a tax accountant,

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a position she's very much settled in.

0:23:150:23:17

I really love my job in the UK.

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I've worked for the same company for 19 years now.

0:23:190:23:23

My hours are quite good compared to Martyn's.

0:23:230:23:27

It's about a 40-hour week and I do manage to work one day from home,

0:23:270:23:31

so it's quite flexible.

0:23:310:23:34

She has some major concerns about starting over down under.

0:23:340:23:38

I've worked really hard in the UK to get where I am,

0:23:380:23:41

so it's got to be the right job for me

0:23:410:23:43

to convince me to go to Australia.

0:23:430:23:45

While the children are looked after by a childminder,

0:23:470:23:49

the couple head out to explore job opportunities for them in Adelaide.

0:23:490:23:53

Martyn really needs good news today if his dream move to Australia is to

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become a reality.

0:23:580:24:00

It's a pretty nerve-racking time at the moment to see whether I could

0:24:000:24:03

secure the job I need to move the family to Australia.

0:24:030:24:07

We've arranged for Martyn to meet up with Andrew Creaser,

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managing partner at a financial planning company in Adelaide.

0:24:100:24:14

Having read Martyn's CV,

0:24:150:24:17

Andrew begins the meeting with some unsettling news.

0:24:170:24:21

The role that you're doing in the UK is going to be very difficult

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to find an equivalent here in Australia.

0:24:240:24:26

It's not a good start, but Andrew is quick to point out Martyn has plenty

0:24:260:24:30

of transferable skills.

0:24:300:24:32

There are other sectors in Adelaide

0:24:320:24:34

that could benefit from your auditing skills,

0:24:340:24:36

with a little bit of training.

0:24:360:24:38

What sort of opportunities would possibly be available to myself?

0:24:380:24:41

There's really two avenues I'd recommend for you.

0:24:410:24:44

One is the account management track

0:24:440:24:46

and the other would be risk and compliance auditing.

0:24:460:24:49

Both roles do sound interesting and appealing to me.

0:24:490:24:53

I've had reasonably positive feedback that there'd be positions available.

0:24:530:24:57

That's more promising for Martyn.

0:24:570:25:00

Meanwhile, across town,

0:25:000:25:01

Leona meets up with recruitment specialist Graham Copson.

0:25:010:25:05

Would you like to come this way?

0:25:050:25:07

As the main visa applicant,

0:25:070:25:09

Leona is currently studying to become a fully qualified accountant in the UK.

0:25:090:25:13

She wants to find out if she'd need to complete her studies before

0:25:130:25:16

being recognised as an accountant down under.

0:25:160:25:19

As a tax accountant, you would need a degree.

0:25:200:25:23

However, the good news is,

0:25:230:25:25

we could actually use your skills and your experience

0:25:250:25:29

-to actually find a job for you.

-OK.

0:25:290:25:31

Working in the accounting industry,

0:25:310:25:34

financial services industry,

0:25:340:25:37

possibly becoming a financial analyst.

0:25:370:25:40

So, lots of options for Leona to think about.

0:25:410:25:44

Back at Martyn's meeting,

0:25:440:25:46

he's keen to hear if his potential salary for a new position would live up to what he earns in the UK.

0:25:460:25:51

Both roles start in the £50,000 territory.

0:25:510:25:55

If you were successful and were able to be promoted,

0:25:550:25:57

it wouldn't be unreasonable to think

0:25:570:25:59

that you could move towards the 80 or £90,000 territory.

0:25:590:26:03

Things are looking up for Martyn.

0:26:040:26:06

But for a move to work out,

0:26:060:26:08

Leona needs good news on the salary front too.

0:26:080:26:11

Working as a part-qualified accountant,

0:26:110:26:14

I would probably expect you to start on round about £35,000 a year.

0:26:140:26:19

That's £10,000 less than she earns in the UK -

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not what she was hoping to hear.

0:26:230:26:26

Overall, I was disappointed with the news I received.

0:26:260:26:29

If I can't earn the same sort of money as I do in the UK,

0:26:290:26:32

then I really would not want to move to Australia.

0:26:320:26:35

When the couple reunite, it's clear Leona's not happy.

0:26:350:26:39

My day didn't go too great today.

0:26:390:26:42

I do need to get the qualifications and once I've obtained that,

0:26:420:26:46

I'd probably be looking at

0:26:460:26:48

the salary I'm currently getting in the UK, but for now,

0:26:480:26:52

the salary would be a lot lower than what I'm getting.

0:26:520:26:55

-Not good news.

-No.

0:26:550:26:57

So, how did your meeting go today?

0:26:570:26:59

I'm really happy with the figures that I was given at the end of the day.

0:26:590:27:02

The salary would be comparable to what I earn in the UK.

0:27:020:27:07

The day has given Martyn hope,

0:27:070:27:09

but how will the couple's combined news on the job front influence

0:27:090:27:12

their choice between work in Australia and the UK?

0:27:120:27:16

Based on the work opportunities we've looked at today,

0:27:160:27:19

our vote goes to...

0:27:190:27:21

-Australia.

-UK!

0:27:290:27:30

-Australia?

-Yeah.

0:27:300:27:32

Well, although my role wouldn't be transferable to Australia,

0:27:330:27:38

with the jobs that we discussed,

0:27:380:27:40

I just felt it would be a good move for me personally

0:27:400:27:44

and hopefully for the family, as well.

0:27:440:27:47

It all feels up in the air for myself that I need to retrain.

0:27:470:27:52

Obviously it's disappointing that you voted for the UK, but I can

0:27:520:27:57

totally understand why you did.

0:27:570:28:00

-We both voted differently again.

-Yes, that's right.

0:28:010:28:04

After years dreaming of being back,

0:28:090:28:11

the past few days have given Martyn plenty to think about.

0:28:110:28:16

So, will a day exploring the Australian lifestyle

0:28:160:28:19

he first fell for in his 20s prove a winner with the whole family?

0:28:190:28:23

Making the most of their time together and the better weather,

0:28:260:28:30

the family head for an adventure park in West Beach,

0:28:300:28:32

20 minutes' drive from the city.

0:28:320:28:35

With 26-metre-high aerial crossings and a bungee trampoline on offer,

0:28:350:28:40

it's the perfect place for the whole family to burn off some energy.

0:28:400:28:43

-How are you feeling? A little bit nervous?

-No, not really.

0:28:430:28:46

-How are YOU feeling?

-Can't wait.

0:28:460:28:48

But not everyone is feeling confident.

0:28:480:28:51

Really scared now, yes.

0:28:510:28:52

Oh, gosh!

0:28:520:28:54

After the required safety briefing,

0:28:540:28:56

the family head for the dizzy heights of the high ropes.

0:28:560:28:59

At 18 metres in the air, will Leona be brave enough to take the plunge?

0:29:150:29:20

-Go on, Leona!

-Go on, Mum!

0:29:200:29:22

Oh! Oh, my gosh!

0:29:250:29:26

Oh, my gosh!

0:29:260:29:29

SHE SHRIEKS, THEY LAUGH

0:29:290:29:31

Well done!

0:29:320:29:33

After an adrenaline-filled morning,

0:29:350:29:37

the family head for some relaxation on the beach.

0:29:370:29:40

-It's lovely down here, isn't it?

-Mm-hm.

0:29:400:29:42

Really, really enjoyed today.

0:29:440:29:46

The kids have had so much fun.

0:29:460:29:47

It's very rare that we can go out in the UK as a family.

0:29:470:29:50

For Martyn, it's a chance to reflect on why he wants to pursue his dream

0:29:510:29:56

-so badly.

-I think coming down to the beach on a day like this now is

0:29:560:30:01

basically what it's all about for me.

0:30:010:30:04

It's just the sort of lifestyle that I want for my family.

0:30:040:30:08

I think today has convinced me that

0:30:080:30:11

what I'm trying to do for my family IS the right move.

0:30:110:30:15

And Leona's happy the children have enjoyed each other's company.

0:30:150:30:19

They usually play individually or with their friends.

0:30:190:30:21

They were actually playing together today and it's so lovely to see.

0:30:210:30:26

The day's also reinforced Josh's faith in his dad's dream.

0:30:260:30:29

It's nice to spend time with the family when the sun's out.

0:30:290:30:32

Definitely today, it's made me feel even more enthusiastic about moving

0:30:320:30:35

-over to Australia.

-Even Henry and Lily can see more potential.

0:30:350:30:40

I've definitely enjoyed today.

0:30:400:30:42

The high ropes was absolutely amazing.

0:30:420:30:44

In Australia, there's so many things to do.

0:30:440:30:47

Today, it feels like Australia's a really nice place now.

0:30:470:30:51

And with the sun finally out,

0:30:510:30:54

Leona's warming to the idea of life in the southern hemisphere, too.

0:30:540:30:58

It really makes a difference because this is what you call the outdoor

0:30:580:31:01

living. I couldn't see it at the beginning of the week.

0:31:010:31:04

It was raining, windy, cold.

0:31:040:31:06

I am actually thinking about whether

0:31:060:31:08

a move to Australia is the right choice for us.

0:31:080:31:11

The Williams' future is still far from certain, but when it

0:31:110:31:14

comes to lifestyle, will the family opt for home or away?

0:31:140:31:18

TOGETHER: Australia!

0:31:300:31:32

Lily? You went UK?

0:31:320:31:34

I'll miss my family

0:31:340:31:36

and my friends. So, I don't want to leave the UK.

0:31:360:31:41

Making Lily a mermaid and doing things together, it's been great.

0:31:410:31:44

Seeing what outdoor living is like, and it's fantastic.

0:31:440:31:48

With almost a clean sweep for the Aussie lifestyle,

0:31:580:32:01

Martyn's dream is looking back on course.

0:32:010:32:04

But for life down under to become a reality,

0:32:040:32:06

the figures will have to add up.

0:32:060:32:09

Getting the right price for their UK home could be make or break.

0:32:090:32:13

The family think their house is worth £850,000.

0:32:130:32:17

We sent two local estate agents around

0:32:170:32:19

to give their professional valuations.

0:32:190:32:22

Wow, this is an impressive entrance hall.

0:32:240:32:26

Plenty of natural light.

0:32:260:32:28

The balcony there going on to the first floor.

0:32:280:32:31

A fantastic open living space here.

0:32:310:32:35

Brilliant marbled worktops, a brilliant snug area to the back.

0:32:350:32:39

Oh, here we have the home gymnasium.

0:32:390:32:42

Yes, it's got all the equipment here.

0:32:430:32:45

This is our room.

0:32:450:32:47

Fantastic-sized master bedroom.

0:32:470:32:49

Shower en suite with twin basins, very contemporary.

0:32:490:32:53

Oh, this must be the young boy's bedroom.

0:32:530:32:55

Obviously a fan of rugby.

0:32:550:32:57

In today's market,

0:32:570:32:59

I would value this house for £800,000

0:32:590:33:02

but for a quick sale,

0:33:020:33:04

we'd recommend putting it

0:33:040:33:05

on the market for £750,000.

0:33:050:33:09

I knew it would be under.

0:33:090:33:11

In today's market, I'd value

0:33:110:33:13

this property at £800,000.

0:33:130:33:16

If we were looking for a quick sale,

0:33:160:33:17

we'd put it on the market at £750,000.

0:33:170:33:21

I think our house is quite individual

0:33:210:33:23

and I think people will pay to have a new house.

0:33:230:33:26

-A lot lower than we thought though, isn't it?

-It is lower than we thought.

0:33:260:33:29

Obviously if we did make the move to Australia,

0:33:290:33:31

it would give us a little bit less

0:33:310:33:33

money to buy a house with when we were here,

0:33:330:33:35

but we'd obviously have to take that into consideration.

0:33:350:33:39

While the children relax,

0:33:410:33:42

the couple move on to consider the real price of living down under.

0:33:420:33:46

We've provided Martyn and Leona with a cost of living comparison to help

0:33:460:33:50

them work out if they could afford to live in Australia.

0:33:500:33:54

First up, the weekly grocery shop.

0:33:540:33:56

Washing tablets, £3.50 in the UK

0:33:560:34:00

and £9.65 in Australia.

0:34:000:34:02

Gosh, that's a real big difference, isn't it?

0:34:020:34:05

£6.15 more expensive.

0:34:050:34:06

We use a lot of that with the children, don't we?

0:34:060:34:08

So, chicken breasts.

0:34:080:34:10

£4 in the UK

0:34:100:34:12

and £3.44 in Australia,

0:34:120:34:14

so that's a saving of 56p.

0:34:140:34:16

We use quite a lot of chicken breasts, don't we,

0:34:160:34:18

so that's good that it's cheaper here.

0:34:180:34:20

That's good, that's definitely good.

0:34:200:34:22

Pork chops, they are £3.50 in the UK

0:34:220:34:26

and £8.72 in Australia.

0:34:260:34:29

-Gosh!

-So, it looks like we'll be on a chicken diet!

0:34:290:34:32

That's £27.78 more expensive in Australia.

0:34:350:34:39

OK.

0:34:390:34:41

The food bill might not break the bank,

0:34:410:34:43

but they still need to consider the bigger monthly bills.

0:34:430:34:46

First up, the mortgage.

0:34:460:34:49

Basing calculations on the dream property they viewed,

0:34:490:34:52

it's not a good start.

0:34:520:34:54

Our mortgage in the UK is £1,438.

0:34:540:34:59

In Australia it would be £1,953.

0:34:590:35:02

That's quite a difference.

0:35:020:35:04

-£500.

-Over £500 difference.

0:35:040:35:07

-That's obviously a worry.

-Electricity, £125 in the UK...

0:35:070:35:12

..and it's £125 in Australia, so that's no difference.

0:35:130:35:18

When the couple add up all their outgoings,

0:35:200:35:22

they discover they'd be...

0:35:220:35:24

£299.12 worse off per month in Australia.

0:35:240:35:30

-A big difference.

-That's a big difference, yeah.

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It's not good news, no.

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Martyn's dream could be hanging in the balance.

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With their joint income set to decrease by £14,000 every year,

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and their outgoings set to increase, the figures aren't stacking up.

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We would be £586.12 a month worse off.

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That's around £7,000 in the red every year down under,

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and it's sobering news for Leona.

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Looking at it in black and white...

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-..really makes me quite worried.

-Yeah.

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As the couple prepare to vote,

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it looks like the financial facts

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could put the life Martyn desperately wants just out of reach.

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Our vote goes to...

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BOTH: UK.

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£600 a month worse off...

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You know, it's a big shock and it's a big disappointment for me, really.

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We've come over here for a better life, not a worse life.

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It's heartbreaking really, to know that after all this time of wanting

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to come back to Australia, the dream may now be dead.

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With the realisation they'd be out of pocket,

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things aren't looking promising for Martyn's hope of a move down under.

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And with Leona's strong emotional ties to home,

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Martyn knows he now faces another potential hurdle.

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The family prepares to watch messages from friends and family.

0:37:070:37:10

Hello, everybody.

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Hope you're having a lovely time.

0:37:130:37:16

Hi, everyone, missing you!

0:37:160:37:18

Hi, guys, missing you loads.

0:37:180:37:20

-Hi!

-What-oh there, maggots!

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I love Martyn loads.

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He makes me laugh and he always has done, yes.

0:37:260:37:30

Leona is very much like my sister

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because we've grown up together

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since we were this high.

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I just love her, absolutely love her to bits.

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She's my companion, she's my friend.

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She's a really lovely daughter and she's so considerate, and...

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What more can I say? I love her so much.

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I can understand why they want to live in Australia, but for me,

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it was gut-wrenching.

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I'm devastated that they're going to go.

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If they did go, I would miss them tremendously.

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I would feel as if I was losing half my family.

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If they go and do move to Australia...

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my life wouldn't be the same any more without them. Totally.

0:38:150:38:19

I would dreadfully miss them

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as much as I'd miss one of my own family going.

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I think my role now is to make sure they're happy

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and if that's what they need to do,

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then I'm happy for them and I genuinely mean that.

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Whatever your decision is, I will accept.

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Lots and lots of love from Grandma and Grandad.

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I'm pleading you not to go.

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I know it's going to be a better lifestyle,

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but for me and your mum and the rest of the family,

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we'd be absolutely devastated if you did go and I don't know what I'd do

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if you went to Australia. I'd miss you so much.

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I know you're about to make a decision, but you know me,

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and I'm telling you now,

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you make the decision that's the right decision for your family and I

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will see you, so do what you think is best for you and the children.

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Love you, bye.

0:39:110:39:13

-Did you like seeing them?

-Some nice messages from them, weren't there?

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-Mm.

-I think it does complicate things now.

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Didn't really think about how much we mean to them

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and it definitely makes my decision harder

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whether moving over here is 100% the right decision for all of us.

0:39:280:39:33

-Yeah.

-I think it's definitely difficult to watch because seeing them again

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and knowing that if we do move...

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-..that...

-Mm.

-You realise how much you're going to miss them?

0:39:430:39:47

Yeah.

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Messages from loved ones are always a poignant reminder of how far

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Australia is from home so as their final decision approaches,

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will the Williams' be led by their head or their hearts as they choose

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between their life in the UK or a new one down under?

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When the family arrived in Adelaide a week ago,

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Martyn was hopeful they could call the country home and he hasn't been

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disappointed by his experience.

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The day out that we had was brilliant and you know, it...

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..reiterated to me how great Australia could be

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for the outdoor life we've been craving and looking for.

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The week has provided Leona with lots of food for thought.

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This week has been a roller-coaster.

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Yesterday I felt torn because we had such a fantastic day and I thought,

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yes, this would be the lifestyle that I would like to lead.

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Josh and Henry have had a ball, too.

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For me, this week has been really enjoyable. I've had a lot of fun

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doing some really great activities and spending time with the family.

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It's been a great experience.

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But watching messages from loved ones has left the whole family

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thinking about what they'd be leaving behind.

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It just brings home how far away they are and how much they love us.

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Leaving family behind, it's such a hard decision to make.

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If I do stay here, I'd leave behind my family, my friends and all that.

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Everyone's feeling the pressure of such a mammoth decision.

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At the moment, I do not know what I'm going to vote.

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I've changed my mind many times.

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It's really important to get this right.

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And for Martyn, after 26 years spent dreaming of a move down under,

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it all hinges on one final moment.

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Although I've been driving this dream for years,

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I have to make sure that it's what I want

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and also what the family wants, as well.

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Based on our experiences in Adelaide this week, our vote goes to...

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-UK!

-Australia!

-Undecided!

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So, Martyn, you voted for the UK?

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I think, for me, it was the reality check,

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realising that my parents would be on the other side of the world

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and...

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..I might not see them again, and that sort of hit home for me.

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I wanted everything to be right.

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It upsets me to think that you're a little bit upset,

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the fact that your dream's over.

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I chose the UK because I've got all my family and friends there.

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I voted for Australia, because I think it has a lot more to offer than back in the UK.

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I just think it would be a better lifestyle over here.

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I think I'm going to be the mum in a few years' time saying,

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"Please don't go, Josh, to Australia!"

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I think you'll all agree that we've had an amazing week this week.

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I think now it's time to head back to the UK.

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Yeah. Group hug!

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-Come here.

-Group hug.

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Their week down under has enabled Martyn to experience Australia with

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his whole family and wherever they go on to call home,

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we wish the Williams health, wealth and happiness.

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Martyn has dreamt of returning to Australia ever since a car crash cut his trip down under short when he was just 22. Three months into his stay, the campervan he was travelling in went out of control and flipped, throwing him and his friends out of the soft roof. Martyn took the greatest force and broke his back in the process - forcing him to spend months in hospital before returning to the UK.

After recovering for over a year, Martyn met his wife Leona and they started a family. But the Australian dream never went away. Now over 20 years later and with three children in tow, Martyn's desperate to finally make the move.

All he needs to do is persuade Leona to leave behind close family, a beautiful home and the good life they have worked hard to build in the UK. He already has Joshua on side, but the rest of the family need convincing too - and as he nears the cut-off age for visas Martyn knows this really is his last chance.

Will a trial week in Adelaide be enough to secure him the future he longs for, or will he be forced to bury the dream once and for all?