Newlyweds Adam and Cheryl Castling may be about to fall out over Australia. Where does their future lie, and will it be a case of till Perth do us part?
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Adam and Cheryl Castling are basking in newly wedded bliss.
But they might be about to have their first argument -
Initially, I was the one who was thinking about Australia.
But now you're the one who's kind of pushing Australia more than I am.
A trial week is a chance to explore whether Perth is part of their future plans.
I really love Perth. It's a great city to be in.
Or will it be a case of till Perth do us part?
If it doesn't add up and we can't get the wages,
then what's the point?
With breathtaking coastlines and a relaxed outdoors lifestyle,
Australia's a popular destination for those looking to start a new life.
And with more kangaroos than people,
there's plenty of room for the 34,000 Brits
that head down under every year,
hoping to make the country their new home.
You've just got married and are deciding on where to live.
It's happened to a lot of us, right?
But what if your other half thought that Australia
was the best place to settle down?
That's the dilemma that faces the Castlings from Gateshead.
Across one week, they'll get to see the sort of life
they could lead and afford if they relocated down under,
before voting on whether to make the move.
To get from the UK to Perth,
Adam and Cheryl have endured over 20 hours in the air.
But they have taken it in their stride.
-I found the journey fine.
-Yeah, I thought it was all right.
I'd imagine family members would probably struggle a bit if they were to come over,
but I think, for me, that wouldn't be what puts us off.
So what would?
-Definitely. It's work and pay.
And the kind of standard of living, really.
It has to do all that, doesn't it? It has to be that higher standard of living.
I want this to happen and I want to show you that we can do this and it is comfortable.
For now, Adam is keeping his cards close to his chest.
I'm still on the fence. I'm probably going to pull everything apart.
But hopefully I'll go in open-minded, really.
And over the course of the week,
we'll find out just which side of the fence the couple end up on.
Meet the Castlings from Gateshead.
They are Adam, aged 28.
And his wife Cheryl, who is 29.
And they're loving married life.
Having met at university in 2006,
the pair got married in February 2015.
Initially, the idea of moving down under came from Adam.
I was working with a lot of Australians, by chance, down in London for the Olympics.
And it was kind of... That's where the initial Australia seed
was kind of planted, wasn't it, really?
For a young man in his early 20s,
it seemed like the perfect place to be.
This really vibrant cultural city
that had really great nightlife, really great food scene,
having a fantastic salary that was four times the pay that I'm on now.
You're living a better life.
It was all these things that people tell you about Australia.
I think in my head, that's what I had imagined was, that's what it was going to be.
And even Cheryl got the bug.
We went to that exposition, didn't we?
And we signed up to these magazines.
And every month, we'd get excited about it.
When the magazine came through, we'd be reading through and cutting out the bits that we liked.
But then the shattering news of her father's illness
brought all plans to a shuddering halt.
My dad got his diagnosis late in 2014.
It wasn't the right time.
It was not the right time to be upping everything that you know
and moving away from it.
I had to keep telling him, "Not yet, we need to put it on the back burner."
And Adam's way was, "Well, if we put it on the back burner, it's never going to happen."
Not that Cheryl's dad agreed with her.
When he was diagnosed, he said, "What's going on with Australia?"
And I said, "We're just leaving off that for now, we're going to put it on hold."
He was like, "You're not doing this just because of me, are you?"
And I was like, "That's exactly why we're doing it!"
He was like, "You're stupid. You need to do this."
Sadly, her dad passed away in June 2016, leaving Cheryl devastated,
but also inspired to reignite the Australian dream.
He found it really exciting.
I think he would have wanted to do something like that.
He said, "You need to go and try it, give it a go."
Maybe because he didn't get his chance to.
And now she feels her chance has come.
But Dad has passed, and Mum has given us kind of the green light,
the thumbs up to say, "I do support you."
And, ironically, now it's switched.
I feel right about giving it a go now.
It's just unfortunate that Adam feels the other way.
Now Adam isn't as keen on the idea of a move,
having reached a position in his career he doesn't want to lose.
My insight kind of really changed
because initially I was the one who was thinking about Australia,
and now you're the one who's kind of pushing Australia more than I am.
-I used to push it.
I'd have YouTube videos up showing Australia, and I'd be like, "Look at this, this is amazing."
Now it's kind of just, it's not going to happen.
We're just going to go by life now and we're going to stay here.
He's more settled and happy in his work that now he's got the fear,
the fear that he's never going to find that again.
He's already been through it once.
I'd love to be on board with it as much as I was back in 2012.
But at the same time, I just can't fully commit to it.
I'm just going to pull every little aspect apart if it doesn't feel right.
Unless the whole picture is there for him,
he won't go for it.
And that's what I'm quite concerned about,
is that he needs every single thing to be right...
..to change his mind frame back to the way it was.
And if they are to move, time is of the essence.
I think we need to do it now pretty much.
Because I want to start a family,
and I don't want to move somewhere with a young baby.
I think that now is the easiest time for us to do it, basically.
If you're talking about cost wise, the time for doing it is now.
And yet they're both aware that everything is being put on the line.
This is our life savings going on a visa on this whim.
Are we going to like this new life? And that is my biggest fear.
-But at the same point, I'm not ignoring it.
That's always there in the background.
But, for me, the benefits of what could go right when we're out there,
compared to going, well, this lump sum that we have,
it can just stay in that pot in that bank and it can build,
and we can be in the UK, but will we be happy?
I might be hunting for something that doesn't exist.
I don't think I am, though. I think it's there. I do.
It's got a lot of pressure on it, Australia, for that week.
The couple's base for the week
is slap bang in the centre of Perth city.
It's night-time when they arrive at their cool loft-style apartment.
This is huge!
And, after a quick nosy around, it's time to put the kettle on.
-Do you want a cup of tea?
Mugs in hand, they look forward to the week ahead optimistically.
The city looks amazing, what we're seeing in the dark.
This is a very strong start.
Yeah, it is, it's a very, very strong start.
Then a bit more realistically.
If it doesn't add up,
and the houses aren't good and they're too expensive,
and we can't get the wages, then what's the point?
Over the next week, they'll discover all of this and more.
Back in the UK, the Castlings live in Gateshead,
and their home is on one of the newest estates, with a difference.
We picked this estate for a reason.
We got such a good feel for it, didn't we?
Yeah. It's meant to kind of bring this pedestrianized...
-Community feel that, erm...
Is lacking in all these new-build estates.
They bought their house two years before getting married and they love it.
I quite like the clean, crisp feel.
I like the clean, crispness, definitely, but I do miss...
We love it. But it's small.
They have a budget of £250,000 to spend Down Under
and they've a pretty good idea of what they want.
Nice, open-planned, airy.
Yes. I do like the open-plan.
It's, like, what we have now, I like the open-planness,
but if you put the kettle on, you can't hear the TV because it's so small.
So the open-plan, but the large amount of space, I think.
And at least three bedrooms are a must.
A big master bedroom, a spare room that maybe works as an office,
-..a third room for when guests come.
And just one last thing.
You hear about Australia and sitting outside having barbecues,
it is very cliche, but I want that.
-So, if it meant that we couldn't have a walk-in wardrobe,
but we've got an amazing social space, I'm happy for that.
To find out what they could get for their money in Perth,
we'll show them three properties based on what they're hoping for.
After they've seen each house, we'll reveal how much it costs.
Their search begins in Seville Grove, half-an-hour from Perth city.
Will this relatively new three-bedroom family home
be just up their street?
-This is nice.
Straight away, it's got that kerb appeal.
-Really fresh, really clean-cut.
No, I like this.
Ooh, wow. It's nice and open.
So far, so good.
-Ah, look at that, yeah. Nice open-plan.
-A bit dated.
I think it's a bit dark in this corner here.
Mmm, or not.
Maybe the main bedroom will appeal to their sense of scale.
-I like that.
-It's a good size.
Quite an outdated en-suite.
-I'm sure I can fit in that.
-Legs straight and everything.
-Legs straight and everything.
-Yes. There you go.
You seem to fit in well here.
Into the next bedroom.
-So, it's smaller.
-Spare room, I assume.
-You've got space to move around.
-Yeah. A bit of storage that will still fit in.
The family bathroom is...
OK, there's the bathroom.
-Nice bathroom. Bath tub. Shower.
-Yep, yep, sink.
While bedroom three convinces Adam this place needs work.
-I think this one's even bigger.
-This one is bigger.
No, it's definitely not a bathroom.
It needs, let's say, a lick of paint, for want of a better word, but...
Yeah, it needs a bit of paint, but that's it.
I mean, it needs a bit of freshening up for us.
It's going to need to be under budget, really, isn't it?
If you're going to do work on it, then it's going to be have to be under budget.
Maybe outdoors will get him on board?
-Oh, this is nice.
-This is nice.
-That's a game-changer, isn't it?
-Nice little sun trap with a pool.
-I love a pool.
-It's a lot of potential.
-A lot of potential.
So, will this house come in under their £250,000 budget?
It needs a lot of investment, from my point of view.
And I know I'm saying I'd want it to be about 220.
It's not going to be that.
-And I'm going to hazard a guess and say it's about 245.
Yeah. What do you think?
-I'm going to say... ..210.
Yeah. I don't think I'm very good at this.
-OK. Are you ready?
I'm no good at this. It's not under enough.
It's not enough. It needs to be a lot, a lot cheaper than that.
-It's not a fantastic start, but...
-Onwards and upwards.
-Onwards and upwards.
That's what we say, yeah.
Next, the couple move on to property number two in Ellenbrook.
It's on the edge of a vineyard,
so they shouldn't have too much to "wine" about
with this two-year-old four bedroom home.
Wow, look at this.
It looks like they have definitely gone onwards and upwards.
-Ah, this is really nice.
In through the squeaky door, and..?
We do like the door. Oh, this is nice.
-This is very nice.
-It's a lot more modern.
Wow. Look at this space.
-And it's huge, and it's bright, and it's light, and it's modern.
It's more our kind of cup of tea, isn't it?
-I get a better vibe from this one instantly, I think.
-Yeah. Yeah, definitely.
Will the good vibes continue?
So, this must be the master bedroom.
-The master bedroom.
-Yeah, it must be.
-Smaller than the last one,
-space wise. But...
-A walk-in wardrobe.
Yeah. Ah, there's not his and hers sinks, though.
Apart from that, it's pretty perfect.
Did I just hear "perfect"?
-There's no bath.
-Is there not?
No, there's no bath. I know you're precious about your baths.
-Yes, I am.
Will that wash with Cheryl, though?
-This must be spare room number one?
-Yeah, the spare room.
-Small room, it could be a study, anything.
Ooh, another "perfect".
Cool, it's another little room.
If you're that way inclined, I mean obviously you could knock that wall through, if needs must,
if you wanted to make it a bigger room.
-Or it's a perfect sized child's room.
They're starting to see themselves here as a family.
-For the mini Castlings!
-It could be, one day.
-One step at a time.
Some time. There's even a nice surprise around the corner.
-Erm... Bathroom here. You've got your bath.
-Yay, I've got my bath.
-As long as there's one in the house. That's fine.
Time to see the outdoors.
-Oh, this is nice.
-This is really nice.
-This is really nice.
-It's a really nice bit of space.
-But it's nicely finished.
-And I see... A pool.
-Ooh, do you get a pool?
-This is a lot more us, isn't it?
-The whole house...
I get a lot better gut feeling from it.
-It's more, more than that.
So, would this house be enough to convince you to come over?
It certainly could sway us a bit more.
It depends how much it's going to cost.
Well, let's find out if they can afford it on their £250,000 budget.
So, I love this place.
What do you think it's going to be worth?
I'm going to say 320,000.
-Shall we have a look?
That's just £3,000 over budget.
Yeah. That's a bit of a...
-Yeah. That changes things a little bit.
Well, that felt like a real game-changer.
But there's still one more property to view.
It's in Baldivis, a coastal suburb,
just over half an hour from Perth city.
Oh, it's really nice.
While the first two impressed with their modern look,
this place offers something a bit different.
-What do you think of that, then?
-I like the look of this.
Yeah, it's nice. It's got a lot of character to it, hasn't it? I'm very intrigued by this one.
And the surprises continue.
-Oh, wow. I wasn't expecting that.
-This is huge!
-That is massive.
-I really, really wasn't expecting that.
-You know, it's got nice light coming through.
Yeah. This has really got a cosy, homely feeling, it's nicely done.
It's the main bedroom next.
-This is a good size.
-A walk-in wardrobe.
-Yeah. And bathroom.
Next door, meanwhile, is brimming with possibilities.
Must be a little lounge area.
-Yeah, it's like a little nook, isn't it?
-Yeah. Or a cinema room.
Or it could be like a playroom.
Or a cinema-game room.
-It can change.
-It can change.
-We'll talk about that one.
-Ha-ha, when the time comes.
Time to check out the other bedrooms.
-Spare room, yeah.
-Could fit a double in easy. Cupboards.
-So, another good-sized spare room.
-That's two spare rooms.
It's really good. Lots of light coming in.
Ah, there you go - play area.
-No more arguing.
-Let's have the man cave.
-Don't you think you could do a switcheroo?
-That man cave's bigger.
Kids don't need that much space, it's perfect for them.
-And plus when you're in the kitchen, you can keep an eye on them.
You don't need to see what I'm up to.
Maybe we should take this outside, guys.
Ooh, it's nice.
-This is big. A built-in barbecue.
-A built-in barbecue.
-That's what you always mentioned. Yep.
-And then, cherry on the cake,
-This is the biggest...
-This is the biggest backyard we've seen all day.
-And the biggest pool, for sure.
And the biggest pool, yeah. I can see myself in a house like this, definitely.
But it all comes down to cost again, doesn't it?
-How much is it going to be?
Will it be out of reach with their budget of £250,000?
I think this is what I was kind of expecting.
-Because it's just absolutely massive, it's, like, vast.
If the price was right and if it was affordable,
it could possibly sway us here.
Good. Shall we find out?
-Yep, come on.
-OK, last one.
That's nearly £70,000 over budget.
-That's a lot over.
-I'm not surprised, are you?
-No, I'm not, I'm not.
But that kind of shows that,
without getting the right figures and salaries, it's not really affordable.
-That's not affordable now, though.
-No, it's not affordable.
-I'm not overly surprised.
It's been an enlightening day on the house-hunting front.
Property one was a hit on the outside,
but with lots of work needed to update it,
Adam and Cheryl didn't think it was worth the asking price.
House number two really impressed with its modern interiors and pool.
Nearly on budget, it felt like they could move in straight away.
Property three was the dream house,
one that had Adam ready to make a move Down Under.
But its price tag was well beyond the couple's budget.
So, property search over,
which way will Adam and Cheryl vote when it comes to houses in Perth?
-I'm not surprised.
-Yeah. I'm sorry.
-I know, I'm not surprised.
-There's potential there.
-Yeah, I get that.
But... I need to see more.
I need more information, I need to see more things.
It's just the way I am, really.
Adam's undecided vote has made getting the right jobs
even more essential if Cheryl's dream is to stay on track.
Back in the UK, Cheryl is a teacher.
I'm currently a reception class teacher, so I teach four and five-year-olds.
I love that age range, they're fantastic.
They're so enthusiastic.
It's quite full-on, but I absolutely love it.
Adam is a retail marketing manager, but he's got a career plan.
I do marketing at the minute, but something that I would like
to get back into is doing the events side of things.
There's not a huge market for it here in Newcastle,
but it's something that, if it could be factored in,
I would possibly like to do out in Australia.
He is sure about one thing, though.
I'm quite happy to accept if I go in as a marketing assistant or an admin assistant,
but I need to be on the same salary if not more
because obviously we need to be able to sustain that living out there.
I'm not willing to give up everything here that we've got at a sustainable level
to then go out there and go completely backwards.
He's adamant - no job, no move.
If the job side doesn't work, it's not going to work and that's it. There's no fix for it.
Now is their chance to check out work opportunities in Perth.
First up, Cheryl visits Como Primary School,
where she meets kindergarten teacher Tracey Harrison.
Welcome to the Kindy.
Oh, I love your classroom, it's so lovely and so well set out.
More smelly socks!
And it's not long before Cheryl gets hands-on.
He set out at sunrise.
Perhaps he could get a seagull to help him fly.
Across town, Adam is dropping in on a sports management company
to meet head of events Tom Wagner.
-Great to meet you, welcome to Perth.
-Are you all right?
-How are you doing?
-Shall we move in?
What are you looking to land when you get in Perth in terms of a job?
Have you got an ideal scenario?
Not really. I mean, obviously, that's what I'm hoping to get for myself,
of what would potentially be available,
based on the skills I've got and my CV and stuff.
We're really just looking for the best people.
And the level of experience, while it might be a consideration
in terms of any role within an organisation,
it's certainly not the be all and end all.
-OK, that's interesting.
-And given you've got passion for the sport,
it's very much a thriving industry in Australia, sport, and sports marketing.
I don't think you'd find any difficulty finding work within the industry.
So, based on the experience and skills that I've got,
where do you see in terms of the salary expectations for me?
If we start at a base level, an event coordinator role,
which is a relatively junior member of staff,
you're probably looking at around that 65,000-75,000 mark.
That's around £40,000-£45,000.
As you jump up in terms of level of experience,
you start moving into event management capacity,
then you're jumping up to the sort of 85,000-105,000 levels
in terms of salary packages.
Which is roughly between £50,000-£65,000.
If you can get your foot in the door with the right organisation,
or if you're willing to take the risk once you're on the ground here,
there are endless opportunities to look at creating your own events.
Cool. It sounds very promising, everything you've told us and stuff.
But the big question - do you reckon you can get us a job, then?
Ha, well, I am relatively well connected,
and we've got plenty of big events to work on so,
once you've made a decision, one way or the other, get in touch.
I'd love to catch up when you hit the ground here in Perth.
-Awesome. I'll hold you to that.
-Yeah. No worries.
Back at school, Cheryl has finished her story time.
And, after a quick play with the children,
it's time to find out the hard facts from Tracey.
I've got a BA Honours in early childhood education, which is a four-year degree.
-How does that fit into the qualifications you need here to teach?
According to the Education Department,
you'd be required to have a four-year degree,
equivalent to our Bachelor of Education.
And then you register with the Teachers Registration Board of Western Australia,
and they then will assess you according to your teaching skills.
And just watching you in the classroom today with the children,
they were captivated.
And I think just the types of skills you're using,
it's all the types of things we do every day here.
So I think you'd find your skills are perfectly transferable to the Australian classroom.
So, if I was to move over, how easy would it be for me
to find a permanent position in a school?
A permanent position may be a little bit tricky, initially.
A good place to start is really at relief teaching
and then once you're actually in the school,
you get the opportunity to present yourself
and show how capable you are.
And if I got a position in a school, what's the average salary?
As a graduate teacher here in WA,
you're looking at making about 55,000 a year.
That's a salary of around £34,000.
And then each year, your pay goes up in increments,
according to your experience.
That's fantastic, thank you very much.
So, Cheryl and Adam have both had frank but positive feedback
about their work prospects in Australia.
And when they meet up at the end of the day,
it's a chance to compare notes.
-How was your day?
-Good. How was yours?
Yeah, it was really good. Erm... Talked a lot. A lot.
He did fill us with the kind of reassurances
that I could come out here and get a very similar role.
He said I could earn, like, from 80-000-100,000,
which is a massive jump to what I'm kind of earning at the minute.
-As in, you would work up to that or that would be...
-Potentially, I could get that kind of role.
So, that's good. But, yeah. So how did your day go?
It was really, really enjoyable.
-The school was absolutely lovely.
-From my experience I'm on now, I can get about 80,000-88,000.
Based on Cheryl's six years of teaching experience,
she's done her sums and figured out she could be earning
in the region of £50,000 a year.
We've both had a positive day.
-I feel a big sense of relief.
All that's left to do now is vote.
-Yeah, Australia. 100%.
Halfway through the trial week,
and it looks like Adam could be moving from being undecided
about an Aussie move to a more positive frame of mind.
But, with the financial reality check
and messages from home still to come, it could all change.
First, though, the couple get to enjoy a day
pleasure-seeking in downtown Perth.
It's a beautiful day as Adam and Cheryl hit the basketball court.
They're meeting Reg and Emma, a pair of expats from the UK.
Let the games begin.
Sport is massive in Australia.
So it would be a great way to meet new friends
and the couple are keen to get some tips.
So, how have you found it making friends over here?
I actually found it quite hard, to start with.
I originally came over here to play professional sport,
so I had my team-mates and you're forced into meeting people.
I don't do that any more. So I don't have those networks.
So, for me, work friends is really important.
So it would be really important for you to find a good job,
but a job that gives you that social element.
But sport is huge here social wise.
So, like, recreational sport,
have you kind of used that to meet people as well?
I use basketball and football,
but basketball mainly just to ingratiate yourself and meet people,
and meet some people and then go for a drink after a game.
Then you get chatting and then before you know it,
"Oh, we're going out to the pub, why don't you come and join us?"
And that's how I made friends. It was always through sports.
You know, if you want to play a sport here, you can find it.
-So what was it kind of like, leaving friends and stuff behind?
-Look, it's always tough.
-You know, it's always tough.
-Because it's the unknown, isn't it?
-You're scared of the unknown.
But it is what you make it.
You know, if you want to come here and make a go of it, then it will be a great place to live.
So, some good, honest advice for Adam and Cheryl.
And now this young couple want to try out the nightlife,
so they're off to one of the city's trendiest downtown areas
for a private gin masterclass from Simon.
-Hey, guys. How are you? You all right?
-Hi. Nice to meet you. I'm Cheryl.
-How are you?
-Hi, nice to meet you.
-Welcome to the Flour Factory.
-I'm here to talk gin with you today.
It's going to be an emotional roller-coaster for you, but...
But it's delicious and it's great.
-Cheers. Thank you very much.
-It really comes through.
-Do you like that?
-Yeah, that was really nice.
-You don't have to go...
-Just a hint.
-It's all in the wrist. Cheers.
Thank you very much.
Went a bit deep there!
Adam and Cheryl definitely seem to be in high spirits.
As the sun begins to set, the couple go for a stroll
where they have the chance to reflect on their week so far.
I'm in quite a positive mind frame, I guess.
I mean, this morning was really good. They gave a really good insight, I think.
Like, a very honest insight of what the experience could be
and then this afternoon just gave us a really nice experience of the city.
And I think I've established that I really love Perth. It's a great city to be in.
And just how easy it's been to kind of step out your door
and find good things, like going out for good drinks, good food.
It's been so easy and it's so relaxed in a sense as well
and everyone's been really friendly with us.
You're not kind of going somewhere and feeling intimidated and I think that's been quite nice being here.
You know, I don't feel out of place here at all.
Yesterday, having such a positive experience with work,
I felt like he was turning a bit.
And then today, he seemed to have another really positive experience.
Yeah, I'm certainly kind of swaying more towards the kind of Australian lifestyle.
I think it's just obviously now a case of everything needs to fit in.
It all needs to kind of work.
Every day that passes, I do feel a little step closer to, like,
this actually being a really strong prospect for us.
Like I say, I'm pretty much there in my mind.
I'm here in mind, I just need to get there in body, really.
So, how are they going to vote?
-Australia. Yay! Yeah, I'm not surprised at all about that.
No, I'm not surprised. We've had such an awesome day.
We played basketball in the morning and drank gin in the afternoon, so...
-It's a good day, really.
-You know, what's to complain about?
If Cheryl and Adam are to make a move down under,
they need to make sure they could afford a house here,
so we've sent two estate agents to value their home in Gateshead.
Oh, this is lovely.
I like the way it blends
and it all looks as if it all flows in together.
I like the open plan of the kitchen as well.
And you've got a lovely open plan lounge,
which has got plenty space for the dining area as well.
So, that will actually be a big tick for a lot of people.
Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.
Let's have a quick look at the garden.
I love how positive she is.
Oh, this is lovely.
There's somewhere to eat, there's somewhere to play.
It's lovely and enclosed as well, so it's quite private.
So, yeah, this will tick a lot of boxes for quite a lot of families.
Good handiwork. That's your handiwork.
Oh, yes. I love this.
There's two windows, which you very rarely get in a master bedroom.
You've got fitted wardrobes, you've got a lovely study area, plenty of space.
Yeah, it's absolutely perfect.
This room's being currently used as a home office,
however it would be perfect for a second bedroom.
In the current market, I would value the property at £150,000.
For a quick sale, I would value the property at £145,000.
I would put this property on the market at £150,000.
However, if you wanted a quicker sale,
it would be beneficial to put the property on at £145,000.
So in essence, at the minimum amount, it would be five grand more.
-I'm... Pleasantly surprised.
-Yeah, I'm really shocked at that. If it, you know...
-If that can happen.
With good news about their home in the UK,
what will the couple make of the living costs in Oz?
Time to look at the weekly food bill.
-OK, you ready?
-Yeah, let's do it.
-Our weekly shop.
-Crunch the numbers, eh?
-Let's see what we've got.
-Beef is less, yeah.
-But turkey is more.
-Oh, quite a bit more. And then...
-So, that's interesting.
-Importantly, tea bags.
And tea bags, that's the important thing.
-They are 75p cheaper.
-I don't need to bring my own.
Look at that. Chopped tomatoes, for some reason, £2.10 less.
Whoa. That's really cheap.
-Are you ready to add this up?
Equals £6.90 worse.
To be fair, depending on what shop we shop at in the UK,
that's a difference that you can get between going to two different supermarkets.
Yes. It's not huge.
So, groceries aren't a problem.
What about the bigger living expenses?
Our mortgage at the moment - 570.
Our Aussie mortgage would be 767.
The difference is...
OK, so that's minus 197.
Look at this. 21.50.
-Right, so we're looking at around about £500 more.
£500 more to cost.
Which I thought, actually, it was going to be a bit worse.
I thought the mortgage was going to be a lot higher.
Yeah. But we're 500...
You know, just over £500 worse off to have a house three times the size
with a pool and everything that we kind of want.
-Which is absolutely crazy.
All we need is a few lifestyle changes to possibly absorb that.
Yeah, exactly. And we haven't crunched the numbers with the salaries yet,
-so that's based on our current UK wages.
Still unfazed by the numbers,
it's time for the couple to figure out the difference
with their potential Aussie wages.
2,261 and 64p per month
better off in Australia.
-Per month, better off in Australia.
-Based on that middle house we saw.
I mean, they were the kind of base-level figures as well.
-So, per year, that means we could be better off by...
-That's what we'd be better off a year.
-That's another salary.
Yeah. That's that huge house.
Wow! That is some difference.
-That's more than our wages.
-Yeah. I can't believe that.
-That's correct, yeah?
-Yeah. I mean, I know I'm dodgy with maths,
but I'm fairly certain that's correct.
So, with a bigger house, bigger wages and bigger smiles,
I wonder which way this vote will go.
-I think that's fairly obvious, isn't it?
-Yeah, I think I would push you in the water if you said England.
It would be stupid not to kind of vote for Australia based on that.
-It's a vote for our future.
So far, Adam and Cheryl are discovering
that Australia really could be a possibility for them,
but how will they feel after they've watched messages
from loved ones back home?
Hi, Cheryl and Adam!
Hello, Cheryl and Adam. Hope you're enjoying yourselves.
Hi, Adam. Hi, Cheryl.
-How are you, Adam?
-Hope you're having a good time.
Adam's got a very big personality.
He's very social.
He is as daft as a brush.
I'd say he's the most intelligent stupid person I've ever met.
She's got quite a quick temper, but being a teacher,
she's got that well under control.
Cheryl's really, really good for Adam
because Adam spends a lot of time coming up with lots of schemes
and lots of things that he's going to do and Cheryl keeps him grounded.
And that's really good.
I never thought they would stay here. I always thought that they'd move away.
-I was actually surprised when they bought the house.
We did tell them they should have gone when they planned to, but...
As I say, that was their decision not to go at that point in time.
-It was the right choice.
It's probably right for them. Well, probably right for Cheryl.
They wouldn't struggle to make new friends
and I'm sure they'd have us to visit as often as we could come.
That's it with travelling,
you always knew they were going to come back.
-Whereas this might...
-Whereas they might not, I don't know.
Of course I'd miss my daughter.
I'd miss Adam as well. So, you know...
Skype is a wonderful thing.
I suppose it is hard to imagine them away permanently.
If something was to come up where you need to see them
or you're celebrating something, that will be hard.
You're going away and that's it.
It's not a holiday, this is a change of life.
I imagine their family, they wouldn't want to hold them back and say,
"Oh, no, we're going to miss you too much. Don't do it."
Everyone wants to see someone sort of live their life to the fullest.
I'm pleased that you're thinking about doing this sort of thing.
And I just hope, at the end of the day, everything goes OK for you.
And good luck to you in the future and I will miss you terribly,
but I love you loads.
I think if you don't do it, you might regret it down the line,
so have a try and you can always come back if it's not what you want.
You are very brave, I couldn't do it,
but I really think that you should go for it because it will be a fab opportunity.
-It's cold, take us with you!
-Live your life.
-Lots of love.
I mean, it's just a time in your life, isn't it?
You know, when you've got no children, you're young enough
and you give it a go or you miss out.
Either it's not for you
or it's the best thing that's ever going to happen to you.
But we'll all miss you.
If you go, get the spare room ready.
Because I'll be out.
Erm... And enjoy.
You've got to enjoy your life.
Life's too short.
So enjoy it whilst you can.
I mean, I see the...
Seeing Mum get upset, obviously makes you, like...
Yeah, of course it does.
Not rethink things, but it makes you realise the impact that it has.
Yeah. It is emotional because it's, you know...
-Yeah, but it's like...
-It is what it is, but it's supportive.
-There's nobody there saying, "Don't go."
And I wouldn't expect anybody to say that
because we're surrounded by very supportive people.
-Friends and family.
They've all said, which we already knew, that you've got to do what's right for you.
-And like you say, you give it a go.
And if you don't like it, you don't like it.
-It's not like you're stuck.
At the start of the week,
Cheryl wanted to reignite her husband Adam's passion
for moving to Australia.
After a slow start, it seems to have worked,
but funny things happen
as the final, ultimate vote looms into view.
What do you think they should do?
It's time to find out.
As the Castlings prepare to return home,
friends and family messages are still on their mind.
It hits home when you see your friends and family,
but it was more emotional than I thought it would be.
It felt like they were all saying, "Yeah, it's OK."
It was really reassuring and kind of nice to see that all of our family
and friends are kind of really behind us on this move.
And that's what I love about our friends and family is everyone just wants the best for you.
Getting blessings from their loved ones
has just been the cherry on the cake.
It's just been absolutely fantastic.
It's kind of just gone from strength to strength as the days go on.
I think it's wonderful. I think today...
Like I say, the job was a big deal for him, really big deal.
And then today seeing it all literally laid out on a piece of paper.
Going through those finances is just, for once in a lifetime,
it's left me speechless.
Which I know a lot of people at home will probably be laughing at
and it's something that can't be achieved, but it genuinely has.
To the point of nearly kind of getting, you know, really emotional about it because it's just crazy.
It's a life-changing sum of money.
It's huge in terms of, like, a future that we can carve out for our family.
It has been one positive step after the next
and that's what I hoped for because I needed those positive steps
to show to Adam that it is doable
and it can work and if he puts his effort in,
hopefully he'll get a fantastic career out of it.
I hope he sees that.
It's decision time
and Adam and Cheryl are ready for their final vote.
So, after everything we've seen in Australia, our vote goes to...
-I knew you'd be convinced.
-It's really impressed us this week.
I'm so relieved that you saw the positives that came from this
and the opportunities that we've got.
-Because that's what it is. Nothing's set in stone, nothing's a sure thing.
-But what we have seen is just the opportunities that are available to us here.
Over the last few days, it's really just showed us
that the possibilities are really endless out here. It's not limited.
So, like, I've kind of felt that constriction in the UK and here, it doesn't feel like that.
I feel like it's just whatever you can make of it.
-So it's... Australia all the way.
-Was that an Aussie accent?
Australia all the way! Oh, God!
Everything's just been amazing.
-Happy with that, then?
-Of course I'm happy with that.
I'd be silly not to be happy with that.
In the end, the trial week did its job for the Castlings,
by showing them moving to Australia could work on a practical,
emotional and personal level, which is how we like it.
We wish Cheryl and Adam all the best with their next move
and we'll be following their progress with interest.
You've just got married and are deciding where to live. It happens to a lot of us. But what if your other half thought Australia was the best place in the world to settle down, and you didn't? That is the dilemma that faces the Castlings from Gateshead.
Having met at university in 2006, Adam and Cheryl Castling got hitched in February 2015, and they are both loving married life! Initially, the idea for moving down under came from Adam when he visited Australia in 2013. For a young man in his twenties, it seemed like the perfect place to be. Even Cheryl picked up on his enthusiasm and got the Aussie bug. But then shattering news of her dad's illness brought all travel plans to a shuddering halt. Not that her dad agreed they should give up on their dream, but Cheryl could not contemplate any move that would take her away from her beloved father in his final days.
Sadly her dad passed away in June 2016, leaving Cheryl devastated. But it removed her barrier to going to Australia, and the dream for Cheryl was reignited. Now that she feels certain HER chance has now come, it is Adam who has begun to have doubts about moving. His career has taken off and he has reached a position in his career in events management that he really doesn't want to give up.
If they are to move, time is of the essence. The couple want to start a family and believe it is time for them to start putting their forever roots down. The trial week will give them a chance to explore whether Perth could be part of these future plans, or will it be case of till Perth do us part?