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Ellis Waugh Family

Rebecca Ellis wants a fresh start in Australia with her children and partner Kylie, but that would mean leaving the children's father behind in the UK.


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Rebecca Ellis wants a fresh start down under with her children

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and partner Kylie.

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I've been harbouring the dream of going to Australia for as long

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as I can remember.

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That would mean leaving the children's father behind.

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Leaving my dad behind would be the most difficult thing about moving

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to Australia.

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So any decision has to be unanimous.

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I don't want to go, because I'll miss all my friends and my dancing

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and everything.

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A trial week will help them decide once and for all

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where their future lies.

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Everybody has to be happy,

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so if we get to the end of the week and I'm the only one that loves the

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place, then obviously the move is not going to happen.

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Far away but familiar,

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Australia's long been the top destination for Brits seeking

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a better life abroad. With an average temperature of 22 Celsius

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and over 30,000 miles of coastline to enjoy the sunshine,

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it's easy to understand why.

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But for many, it's not the one-way trip they intended,

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and almost half return home to the UK.

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Growing up, Rebecca Ellis listened to the seafaring tales on her

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grandfather's knee of the South Seas and Australia,

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captivating young Rebecca.

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She's been determined to go there ever since.

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But now a mum with four children and partner Kylie,

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she has to get all the family on board,

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and that won't be easy.

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Across one week, Rebecca, Kylie

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and the children will sample the sort of life they could lead and

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afford if they went, before voting on whether to make the move.

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Will the Ellis Waughs buy into Rebecca's fairy tale,

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or will the dream sink without a trace?

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To get to Australia,

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the family have flown 10,000 miles from Heathrow via Dubai and Sydney,

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to Brisbane. Rebecca's been to Australia before,

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but this time it's different.

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Never done it with children before,

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but the children were absolutely no bother.

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The long flights brought home to Kylie just how far away Australia is.

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I didn't realise how long it was going to be.

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And I know some of my family already are kind of saying they wouldn't

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want to make that long flight,

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or they wouldn't be able to make that long flight.

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Now back on Aussie soil, Rebecca's apprehensive about what lies ahead.

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I think for me the big thing for this week is

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for to see Kylie and the children's reaction to Australia.

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Kylie's anxious too.

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Whether it's going to be all it's, like, talked up to be...

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My mum's always talking about it and she says it's really, really good.

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There is a lot hanging in the balance in the week ahead.

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I think there's a bit of pressure on the trial week for the children

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to enjoy Australia, because I have talked about it all of their lives,

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how amazing it is.

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So, yeah, I do hope it's going to live up to their expectations.

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The next seven days will have to make a big impression

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if she's to persuade Kylie and the children that their future lies

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on the other side of the world.

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Meet the Ellis Waughs,

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their mum Rebecca, partner Kylie, Rebecca's children - Ethan, aged 12,

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Mary, who's ten, Timothy, aged eight, and Adam, who's seven.

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They live in Sunderland in the north-east of England.

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Social care manager Rebecca and trainee teacher Kylie

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have been together for four years.

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They met whilst working on a project for the North East Autism Society.

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We spent a lot of time together as colleagues.

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So we got to know each other, like, really well,

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and got to really, like, trust each other as well.

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And it kind of just went on from there, didn't it?

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They became a couple, and Kylie took on a ready-made family of four.

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I'd take on anything for her.

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Even four crazy kids!

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A move to Oz has been on the cards ever since they got together.

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It's always been there in the back of my mind,

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but I think if it wasn't for Rebecca,

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I don't think it would have been pushed forward as much.

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Oh, I've been harbouring the dream of going to Australia for as long as

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I can remember.

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Rebecca was inspired by her grandfather's tales from when he

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travelled as a sailor.

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Australia was his favourite place in the world.

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He talked about this amazing land and his friends that lived there,

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so that kind of inspired us from quite a young age.

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And when she was 19, she travelled down under with her grandfather.

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It was just absolutely beautiful, it was amazing.

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Fantastic! Fell in love with the place.

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Talk of Oz has long been a topic of conversation for the family.

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We hear about Australia quite a lot because it's been...

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..our mum's dream for, like, quite a while.

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She's taught us about all the different things that's there that

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we would be able to do there but not here.

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It's like a mystery and I really want to go!

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Rebecca really believes Australia could offer her children

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a better future.

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I guess a lot of my drive is the children,

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giving them the best life possible and the best opportunities possible.

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They're a very busy, active family.

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Both Rebecca and Kylie believe the whole family would thrive

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in the great Aussie outdoors.

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They're already working towards making their Australian dream

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a reality - they've started an Aussie fund.

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No matter what, we can't touch the Australia fund, can we?

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Not unless it's something to do with Australia.

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Unless it's something to do with Australia!

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They're in no doubt that the time is right.

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Now's the right time for the children

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so that they can get into education settings and, like,

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more social opportunities.

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But getting everyone on board won't be easy.

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I'm fine with going for the hot weather and everything else.

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It's just missing people.

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Yeah, Tim wants to bring his school and his dancing friends.

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It's hard when Tim gets upset about leaving people in the UK.

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But it's not just friends,

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a move would mean saying goodbye to Dad, Gary,

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who plays a huge part in the family's life.

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We tend to do quite a bit together, to be honest. They're never standing

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still. Rebecca's always got something arranged, somewhere.

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Leaving my dad behind would be the most difficult thing about moving to

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-Australia.

-I want to bring Dad.

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-That's it.

-Yeah.

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He's, like, part of my everyday life and I see him every day for ages.

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Gary's not against a move.

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He's known it's always been a dream of mine and he wants the best for

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the children. And even though it's hard for him,

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he does want us to kind of follow the dream.

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Kylie's mum's not so supportive of the move away.

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My mum straight away was like, "No, I don't want you to go.

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"You're not going." And quite upset about it.

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I think she was quite surprised by the response that she got from

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her mum and I think it has pulled on heartstrings and possibly made it

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more difficult than she expected.

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Australia also has to deliver on another front,

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if the dream move is to become a reality.

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A bit of research that we want to do when we are there

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is to make sure that we would be accepted in local communities

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as a same-sex couple.

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I wouldn't want to be making the move,

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which is going to be a lot of big changes for the children,

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and then to expose them to any discrimination.

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Then there's the practicalities to consider.

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I guess we need to know that it's financially viable,

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that there's job opportunities for me and Kylie,

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that there is the nice, relaxed community atmosphere.

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The week ahead is make or break.

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I think going out there will kind of finalise our decision.

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We're a family unit, we all need to be in agreement that it's going

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to be the best thing for us.

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The Ellis Waughs are spending their trial week on the Gold Coast.

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Their temporary home is this five-bedroom resort-style waterfront

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property. Will it get the week off to the start Rebecca's hoping for?

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First impressions are positive.

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-Definitely!

-That looks really good!

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-I just want to jump in!

-My first impression I've got so far

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from here is really good!

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Like, brilliant!

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Indoors, the positive theme continues.

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Close your eyes!

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Wow! Do you see yourself here, Kylie?

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Yeah, definitely.

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We're certainly a long way from Sunderland.

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This is amazing!

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So nice, just imagine sitting out here on a night.

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It's like something out of the movies.

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It's just out of this world, isn't it?

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But the thought of Dad is never far behind for the children.

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I'm going to really miss my dad.

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Just to know that I'm that far away from him is really sad.

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I don't know if we could move here without him.

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As she unpacks, Rebecca reflects on the enormity of the task facing her.

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I'm a bit frightened myself, in case it's not right for everybody.

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It's Rebecca's dream, and no-one wants to burst the bubble.

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My mum's hoping that we'll all like Australia,

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because it's her dream.

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You've got such fond memories and, like,

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I feel like we all need to love it

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cos you love it so much as well.

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But Rebecca knows her voice is just one amongst many.

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Everybody has to be on board.

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Everybody has to be happy so,

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if we get to the end of the week and I'm the only one that loves

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the place, then obviously the move is not going to happen.

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So the trial week's massive for us.

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Back in the UK, the family live in a five-bedroom terraced house in

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Sunderland. They bought the property two years ago.

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We bought a run-down old B&B that had sat empty for some time.

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It's quite a big house, really, isn't it?

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It's kind of work in progress.

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-Yes.

-They needed somewhere to raise a growing family.

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It's quite difficult to find a five-bedroom house in Sunderland

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on a low budget. It was quite a challenge.

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-Yeah.

-But we got there.

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It's kind of been like a project for us all, really, cos we've all

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kind of played our little part in making it a home, really.

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It may have plenty of room inside,

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but it falls short on outdoor space.

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But that's kind of what we had to sacrifice to get something

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on a low budget.

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They've set a figure of £250,000 for a home down under and the

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top priority for them is...

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Access to lots of outdoor space,

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whether that's our own garden or just easy access to lots of local,

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you know, community outdoor space.

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But they don't want to scrimp on indoor space, either.

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It would be great to have five, but we'd be happy with four bedrooms.

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I think the kids would love a pool, but...

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I think that's probably a little bit out of our reach, really.

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They're not expecting to be able to afford the perfect home straight away.

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Jobs and finances would be more important than finding the perfect

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dream home immediately.

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-That's something that can come later, really, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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To give them an idea of what's available on the Gold Coast property

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market, we've arranged for the family to view three properties -

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two close to budget and a third which should be everything they're

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looking for in a dream home.

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First stop is the suburb of Ormeau,

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25 minutes outside Brisbane city centre

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and only 15 minutes to the coast.

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Locals talk about the old-style friendly community spirit and the

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wealth of facilities for families.

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There are good schools, parks, recreation centres, but, above all,

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it's a place you feel safe and sound in.

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So what will they make of this modern, four-bedroom,

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two-bathroom property?

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Oh, look, this one.

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-Yeah.

-It looks really, really nice.

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Yay, I was right!

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Oh. It looks nice and bright, doesn't it?

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-Yeah.

-All looking good so far.

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Nice little family chill-out area.

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A place where we can spend time together.

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I think it's great.

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It's got the right number of chairs and everything!

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-Whoa!

-It's nice.

-Well, this looks really, really good.

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-Living room.

-It's a nice, big area.

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-Nice space, yeah.

-Yeah.

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I mean, it's not a big kitchen, but it's big enough and it's nice.

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It's got a nice feel to it. It's nice and bright, nice and airy.

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Ethan is quick to bag his room.

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This is definitely going to be my bedroom, then?

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It might be the grown-ups' bedroom.

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And what do they make of the en suite?

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-It's a nice size, as well.

-Yeah.

-Nice size, yeah.

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If I had my own en suite then I wouldn't be so fussy.

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-If you do, you'd have to clean it yourself.

-I would.

-Yeah?

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-I would, yeah.

-Clean the toilet?

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I think that's a "no".

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Young Tim and Adam have had enough.

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Aw, this is a nice room.

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-This is another cute little room, isn't it?

-Yeah.

-Yeah?

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-It's looking good.

-Yeah.

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With four sports-mad children, a big bathroom is a must.

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This would work for the kids, wouldn't it?

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It's got the separate shower and bath.

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-Yeah.

-And we've got the en suite in the other room.

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-Whoa!

-Whoa.

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-This would work well for Tim and Adam.

-Really well.

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So what about the outdoors?

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Well, it's not massive.

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It's not big.

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We would prefer more outdoor space.

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-Yeah.

-But it could work, couldn't it?

-It definitely could work, yeah.

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A bit of a mixed bag, then,

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but can they afford it with their £250,000 budget?

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I think it's a really nice house.

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-It could work for us.

-Nice space. Nice and light.

-You can see us here, yeah?

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-Yeah.

-So, how much do you think?

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I'm going to go with 235,000.

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-245.

-Yeah?

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A bit more. Yeah.

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GASPS

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£253,000.

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That's £3,000 over budget.

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-Oh!

-It's not a good start, is it?

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-I was kind of hoping it would be under budget.

-It gives us something to think about.

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It makes you wonder what the rest of the day is going to be like,

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-though.

-Yeah. See what the other properties are like.

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-Yeah.

-Yeah.

-I wish I could turn the three to a zero.

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Yeah!

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Let's hope property number two can get things back on track,

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for Rebecca's sake, at least.

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For the second property,

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the family is travelling just 12 miles south-west to view a house

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right on the doorstep of what is the new trendy spot

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on the Gold Coast, Pimpama.

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The modern three-bedroom is brand spanking new,

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but will it be to the Ellis Waughs' taste?

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Wow!

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Judging from the "oohs" and "ahs", it seems like it is.

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-This is a good area, isn't it?

-Yeah. Big space.

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And the positive family vibe continues into the open-plan living space.

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I like this kitchen. I think this would be perfect for us, really.

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The amount of meals we cook, and we do a lot of family meals and the

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children help with the cooking, so practical is definitely the key.

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-Whoa!

-The wrestling over bedroom choices continues in property two.

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-I think this will be the adults' bedroom.

-Yeah.

-Yeah, probably.

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It's very big.

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Ah, this is nice.

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It should just be for you adults.

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-Oh, thanks, pet.

-And then sometimes me.

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-Whoa!

-Wow!

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But the next room could be up for grabs for anyone.

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-It could be another bedroom, depending on how many bedrooms there is.

-Yeah, definitely.

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It could be a guest room for when people visit from the UK.

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While Ethan and Adam take time out,

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Mary wants to make sure there's no better bedroom down the corridor.

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Wow. This is definitely Sarah's room.

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-It's nice.

-It's a nice room, isn't it?

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-It's a nice size.

-Yeah.

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Finally, just the outside to check out.

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OK, so what's outside?

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-This is nice.

-It's nice and neat and tidy and low-maintenance, isn't it?

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-Yeah, definitely.

-Yeah.

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They have adored this property, but can they afford it?

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So how much do we think it is going to be?

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275.

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Maybe a little bit more, I'd say.

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-285.

-Yeah.

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Yeah? Shall we find out?

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Yeah.

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Remember, their budget is £250,000.

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-Ah!

-Well done, Kylie!

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But that's good...

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Despite it being over by £22,000,

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they are delighted it's less than they feared it would be.

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-It's just perfect.

-We wouldn't have to change anything at all.

-No.

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We could just move in and live.

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OK. Sounds good.

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-Yeah?

-Yeah.

-Shall we have a look at the next property?

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-Come on, then.

-Yeah!

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For the final stop,

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we found what we think could be the family's dream home.

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It's only 40 minutes away, right on the Gold Coastline.

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A settled, popular area - and the reasons?

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The relaxed lifestyle,

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world-renowned beaches and good schools and hospitals

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all on the doorstep.

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So, is this older,

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spacious house somewhere the Ellis Waughs could see themselves

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putting down long-term roots?

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It should be called the Wow House.

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The Wow House!

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-This looks like it's got lots of character, doesn't it?

-Yeah.

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It's a bit more quirky,

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a bit more what we were kind of looking for when we kind of imagined

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-moving over here.

-Yeah.

-Before they get inside,

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the eagle-eyed children spot something rather special.

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This place is brilliant.

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-It's lovely.

-This is fantastic, isn't it, having a pool?

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I think I'd use the pool quite often.

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-I think you would too.

-Yeah.

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-The whole family would enjoy the pool, wouldn't we?

-Yeah.

-We could all have fun in here.

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Let's see if the wow factor continues inside.

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-Whoa!

-It looks like it does.

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-Wow.

-This is massive.

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It would be beautiful to chill here on a summer's evening, wouldn't it?

0:18:320:18:35

-Yeah.

-Really nice.

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It would be amazing.

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And the big family kitchen impresses too.

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-It's a bigger kitchen than the other properties, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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Will the bedrooms be to their liking this time round?

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First, the main one.

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It's a nice bedroom, isn't it?

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-Yeah.

-Yeah.

-Let's see what's in this door.

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-Wow!

-En suite.

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This should be my bedroom.

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I think it should be mine if we take away the heart-shaped pillows.

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Uh-oh, they all love it!

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Let the bargaining begin.

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You can have the last room.

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That's what I was about to say, I think this is more suited for you.

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I'll have the other one.

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Time to venture into the garden.

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This belongs to the house?

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-Yeah.

-I think it just looks fantastic.

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But these big properties tend to come with a price tag to match.

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The Ellis Waughs know it must be over budget.

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-So what do you think of this one, Kylie?

-I think it's just amazing.

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I think it's definitely like a dream home.

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It's just scary to think of how much it's going to be.

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It is. What do you reckon, Kylie?

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I reckon, like, 395,000, yeah.

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Yeah? I think it's going to be up there somewhere.

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Yeah, yeah.

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They have a budget of £250,000.

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Over by a whopping £141,000.

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I think we knew straight away from seeing the place that it was going

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to be over budget, but it is a bit of a shame because it is such an

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-amazing house, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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Their day exploring Gold Coast properties has given Rebecca

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and Kylie an insight into what their money might buy in Australia.

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House number one they liked very much and ticked all the boxes

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and was just slightly over budget,

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but the outside space proved disappointing,

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being too small for their energetic children.

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The second home they loved.

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Modern, spacious and they could imagine themselves living there and,

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while over budget, Rebecca and Kylie felt it was possibly within reach.

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The third house they adored.

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They could imagine waking up to kookaburras singing in the huge

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garden, but the price was well and truly over their budget and the

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family quickly accepted it would take a lot more than their available

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Aussie nest egg to buy something like this.

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So just taking houses into the equation, where would home be,

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UK or Australia?

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After a wonderful property day, it's time to vote.

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-SIMULTANEOUSLY:

-Australia!

-Undecided!

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Even though the properties were slightly over budget, the first few,

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the first two, I think it is doable.

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-Yeah.

-And they were just beautiful.

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Why did you vote undecided?

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Because the houses here were really, really nice,

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but they were way over budget and we have a really nice house at home.

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I think we could definitely end up living here.

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Despite some members of the family sitting on the fence,

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Kylie's vote for Oz means Rebecca's crusade is off to a positive start,

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but they will both have to secure jobs and the right salaries if the

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move down under is to happen.

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Back in the UK,

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Rebecca is a social care manager specialising in support for families

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with autism.

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Do you want to put your coat down?

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The purpose of my service is to offer respite to families where

0:22:090:22:14

children from the age of four to 18 are living at home with parents,

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carers or foster carers.

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She's passionate about her job.

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I love working with the children.

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I love communicating with the families.

0:22:230:22:26

The staff team that I've got at the minute are fantastic.

0:22:260:22:28

She wants to carry on with this sort of work if she were to move to

0:22:280:22:32

-Australia.

-I would love to be able to take the skills and the knowledge

0:22:320:22:35

that I've learnt about autism in the UK and work helping families and

0:22:350:22:39

children in Australia.

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Having also worked for the North East Autistic Society,

0:22:410:22:44

Kylie is now in her final year of teacher-training for children

0:22:440:22:47

with special needs.

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I think teaching is really rewarding,

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especially when you kind of get some of the students who have really

0:22:510:22:54

struggled and you kind of help them to achieve something that may not

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have always been possible.

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She's a bit disillusioned with the UK education system.

0:23:000:23:04

I feel that the education system in the UK is very assessment driven.

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I'm hoping that by going to Australia they might look at that

0:23:090:23:13

a bit differently, because I find over here it doesn't always work

0:23:130:23:16

well for all the students.

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But she does have one big worry when it comes to jobs.

0:23:180:23:22

I've worked hard to get to where I am now.

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If I do have to do some training again

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obviously that wouldn't be a major issue,

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but if I did have to go and start from the beginning again,

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that would be quite scary.

0:23:330:23:35

First up, Rebecca visits a group working with autistic children.

0:23:370:23:41

Expat Lauren gives her a quick tour.

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This organisation has nine centres across Queensland with over 200

0:23:430:23:47

families on its books,

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the largest organisation of its kind in Australia.

0:23:490:23:52

She's in the right place, but is there work for her?

0:23:520:23:55

I can see that your skills actually transfer to an advanced diploma in

0:23:550:23:59

education and care, which is fantastic.

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So that is something that we would look for in staff here when we are

0:24:020:24:06

-hiring.

-If I was able to get a role within your organisation,

0:24:060:24:09

what would I potentially earn?

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Salary would range from about £29,000 and that would be

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for a room leader position, and the other option would be £39,000 and

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that's for a service manager role.

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£39,000 is £3,000 more than she currently earns in the UK.

0:24:230:24:28

Could she be eligible?

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So the big question, could I potentially work at your organisation?

0:24:290:24:32

Yes, absolutely.

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With your qualifications and experience you would definitely be

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suitable for a service manager position.

0:24:360:24:38

I hope that's been really helpful for you.

0:24:380:24:40

It's been really helpful.

0:24:400:24:41

Really good. Thank you for your time. It's been fantastic to hear.

0:24:410:24:44

Positive news for Rebecca.

0:24:440:24:46

I wonder how Kylie is getting on.

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She's visiting Glenleighden School,

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a private school specialising in children with special needs.

0:24:500:24:54

Hello, Kylie, so lovely to meet you.

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She meets principal Debbie Creed.

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First up, Kylie gets a front-row view.

0:25:000:25:03

She's impressed.

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Next, it's a work-out in the school gym,

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which, delightfully, is outside in the sun.

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So what would Kylie have to do to get a job here?

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Firstly, you must get your Postgraduate Certificate

0:25:160:25:19

of Education, and finally, we cannot hire anyone in Queensland

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as a teacher unless they are

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registered with the Queensland College of Teachers.

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So if I was to work in your school, what could I potentially earn?

0:25:290:25:32

Your starting salary as an entry-level teacher

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would be around £44,000.

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Then, within about ten years you have the potential to earn

0:25:390:25:42

around £58,000.

0:25:420:25:44

Wow.

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So with the skills that I have,

0:25:460:25:47

do you think I could possibly get a job either in your school

0:25:470:25:50

-or within Australia?

-Absolutely.

0:25:500:25:52

Once you finish that Postgraduate Certificate of Education we would

0:25:520:25:55

love for you to send us your resume.

0:25:550:25:57

-Fantastic.

-It's been a pleasure.

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-Thank you.

-Time to compare notes.

0:25:590:26:02

Rebecca and Kylie catch up on how the day went.

0:26:020:26:04

So how has your day gone?

0:26:070:26:09

Really well. Really good.

0:26:090:26:11

I'm happy about the information I got,

0:26:110:26:13

to hear that my skills are transferable and a similar job role.

0:26:130:26:16

And the salary was actually better than at home.

0:26:170:26:20

It was £39,000.

0:26:200:26:23

Yes, so really positive.

0:26:230:26:26

-How was yours?

-Really good as well.

0:26:260:26:28

-Yeah?

-Yeah.

0:26:280:26:29

The school was fantastic.

0:26:290:26:31

-Was it?

-Yes.

0:26:310:26:33

My qualifications are good enough, as long as I've got my PGCE.

0:26:330:26:38

The starting salary is 44,000!

0:26:380:26:41

Oh, wow!

0:26:410:26:43

-Pounds?

-Yes.

0:26:430:26:45

-That's fantastic.

-With the potential over ten years to go up to £58,000.

0:26:450:26:51

That's really good, isn't it?

0:26:510:26:52

Yes.

0:26:520:26:54

As the sun sets on the work day, just one last thing to do.

0:26:540:26:58

After a really informative work day it's now time to vote.

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-Australia.

-Australia.

0:27:070:27:09

I chose Australia.

0:27:110:27:13

I just think the opportunities over here are fantastic.

0:27:130:27:17

The starting salaries were amazing.

0:27:170:27:19

So introducing you to Australia was a good idea and it's going well?

0:27:190:27:22

-Yes, really well.

-Total relief!

0:27:220:27:25

-So it's been a really good day?

-Yes. Definitely.

0:27:280:27:31

-It's been fab, hasn't it?

-Yes.

0:27:310:27:33

Halfway through the week and it's going pretty well.

0:27:370:27:40

Property and work options were very positive for both Rebecca and Kylie,

0:27:400:27:45

much more so than anticipated.

0:27:450:27:47

But the hard bits of the week are still to come.

0:27:470:27:51

Could the family afford this lifestyle?

0:27:510:27:54

And the friends and family messages will be hard to hear,

0:27:540:27:57

especially for the children.

0:27:570:27:59

But as this family is all about the team,

0:27:590:28:02

first there is a day out with the mums, enjoying the great outdoor

0:28:020:28:06

lifestyle they've all been promised.

0:28:060:28:08

The family's day out begins with some paddleboarding.

0:28:100:28:13

Time to get kitted out and all pumped up.

0:28:130:28:16

Got that rhythm, brother.

0:28:180:28:20

It certainly makes a splash with the children.

0:28:200:28:23

I've enjoyed the paddleboarding.

0:28:250:28:27

That was really good.

0:28:270:28:29

Even though I fell off a few times!

0:28:290:28:31

This week has been very entertaining.

0:28:320:28:34

I've really enjoyed being in Australia.

0:28:340:28:37

It's Kylie's first time in Australia and she is liking what she sees.

0:28:400:28:45

The paddleboarding was just amazing.

0:28:450:28:46

We just seemed to have loads of fun.

0:28:460:28:48

It was really relaxing just being on the water.

0:28:480:28:51

And for Rebecca, it just makes her more determined than ever to move.

0:28:510:28:55

This week's confirmed for me that moving to Australia would be a

0:28:550:28:59

fantastic opportunity for Kylie, myself and the children.

0:28:590:29:02

If they all chose Australia it would just be absolutely fantastic.

0:29:020:29:06

It really would be a weight lifted off my shoulder.

0:29:060:29:08

Time to feed the fish.

0:29:080:29:10

This is an old Aboriginal trick.

0:29:100:29:12

There's about 500 fish around us at the moment.

0:29:120:29:15

See, now you are fish whisperers!

0:29:210:29:23

You're going to have to come to Australia now.

0:29:230:29:25

But over lunch the children express their concerns for the first time

0:29:270:29:31

-in the week.

-So are you enjoying Australia?

0:29:310:29:34

-Yes?

-I'm still missing my friends.

0:29:340:29:37

You are still missing your friends?

0:29:370:29:39

Could you imagine living here?

0:29:390:29:40

-No.

-No?

0:29:400:29:42

It's been really difficult because I've been missing Dad and friends

0:29:420:29:46

and family and all the rest,

0:29:460:29:48

and it's a different time and opposite day and I think you are

0:29:480:29:52

that far away from them, it makes us a bit sad.

0:29:520:29:56

He's only nine and he's quite a sensitive little soul and I don't want him

0:29:560:29:59

to feel he can't share it because everybody else is going the other way.

0:29:590:30:02

So we're just going to have to make sure we're being quite sensitive

0:30:020:30:05

to his feelings and have a good few open chats.

0:30:050:30:09

It's obvious the life-changing decision they are going to make

0:30:090:30:12

is uppermost in their minds.

0:30:120:30:15

Moving over away from the family would be quite upsetting.

0:30:150:30:18

Not being able to see them as much.

0:30:180:30:20

I know my mum, she doesn't want to miss out on my life.

0:30:200:30:23

It is a tough decision for Kylie and that is a big consideration.

0:30:230:30:26

The last few days, obviously,

0:30:260:30:27

we can communicate but I don't know whether that would be enough.

0:30:270:30:32

And of course they have to find out if they can afford it.

0:30:320:30:36

I am a little bit worried about the reality check but we had quite good

0:30:360:30:40

news on the work day so I'm hoping that things will even out.

0:30:400:30:43

The bottom line is that Rebecca's dream lies in the hands of her family.

0:30:440:30:49

I think a lot of us would quite like to move here but I don't know if we

0:30:490:30:53

would move if somebody didn't.

0:30:530:30:56

At the end of the week, if everybody votes for Australia it will be like

0:30:560:30:59

a weight off my shoulders to know that we can all follow our dreams

0:30:590:31:02

without anybody feeling like they were getting dragged to

0:31:020:31:05

the other side of the world.

0:31:050:31:06

Finally, the family are off to meet another Rebecca,

0:31:060:31:09

who can give them a personal perspective on how same-sex couples

0:31:090:31:12

are welcomed in Queensland.

0:31:120:31:14

We didn't expect the children to get negative comments off other children

0:31:140:31:17

about Mum having a girlfriend or two mums and things like that.

0:31:170:31:21

Would you expect anything like that to happen in Australia?

0:31:210:31:23

We've only ever had super, super-positive, no dramas at all.

0:31:230:31:29

My memories from 18 years back of Australians and the community

0:31:290:31:33

is that they were quite laid-back and quite accepting.

0:31:330:31:36

But the legislation here,

0:31:360:31:39

you don't have same-sex marriage and in the UK we are a bit ahead with

0:31:390:31:43

things like that.

0:31:430:31:45

Yeah, the only thing that's missing is that piece of paper and I think,

0:31:450:31:48

-you know, love is love.

-Yeah.

0:31:480:31:50

Love makes a family, as they say.

0:31:500:31:52

So my memories of laid-back Aussies are true?

0:31:530:31:56

Yes.

0:31:560:31:57

Back on the beach, it's time to vote.

0:31:580:32:01

Will it be one team, one dream?

0:32:010:32:04

After an outstanding lifestyle day we need to vote.

0:32:040:32:08

ALL: Australia!

0:32:120:32:14

I voted Australia because you wouldn't be able to do this,

0:32:160:32:20

especially in winter, go out paddleboarding.

0:32:200:32:25

There are just more opportunities, I think.

0:32:250:32:27

-It's been amazing.

-Yes.

-It's been really fun.

0:32:270:32:30

-It's been great, hasn't it?

-Yes.

0:32:300:32:33

With everyone voting for Australia, it looks like it's full steam ahead

0:32:340:32:39

for Rebecca's vision of a new life down under.

0:32:390:32:42

With minds put at ease,

0:32:460:32:47

Rebecca could be within touching distance of achieving the dream

0:32:470:32:51

lifestyle she has yearned for for nearly two decades.

0:32:510:32:54

But will the finances see her hopes dashed?

0:32:540:32:58

She and Kylie now need to work out if they could afford to live down under.

0:32:580:33:03

They think their house back in the UK is worth around £100,000.

0:33:030:33:07

To see if that's accurate, we sent round two local estate agents.

0:33:070:33:10

-We are going to see the house in the UK.

-Yes.

-Yeah?

-No.

0:33:100:33:15

OK. Really nice first impression.

0:33:220:33:25

Nice high ceilings. Nice original features.

0:33:250:33:27

Obviously needs a bit of updating, which seems to have been started.

0:33:270:33:30

But a good first impression of the home.

0:33:300:33:32

Lovely wood-burning stove.

0:33:320:33:34

Double French doors through to the garden - a nice touch.

0:33:350:33:38

Great family space.

0:33:380:33:40

Ground-floor bathroom. It could probably do with a little updating.

0:33:400:33:43

-Definitely.

-But certainly a nice feature to have for a family home.

0:33:430:33:47

What a great space.

0:33:470:33:48

It could do with internal updating to appeal to buyers.

0:33:480:33:52

Plenty of potential.

0:33:520:33:54

If the owners can maintain this standard of finish through the rest

0:33:540:33:57

of the house it's really going to add to the value. It's lovely.

0:33:570:34:01

A really nice-size main bedroom.

0:34:010:34:03

A very nice room. Really impressive.

0:34:030:34:05

An impressive five-bedroom family home.

0:34:050:34:07

In its current state I would value the house at 99,950.

0:34:070:34:11

If the vendor were to improve the bathroom and kitchen I would value

0:34:110:34:15

the property at 115,000.

0:34:150:34:17

I expect it to sell for around about £105,000.

0:34:170:34:20

I think they would be better off finishing off the property

0:34:200:34:23

throughout to the same standard as some of the rooms and then I would

0:34:230:34:26

expect them to achieve round about £125,000.

0:34:260:34:28

I think that's pretty spot-on to what we thought it would be.

0:34:280:34:30

-Yeah.

-We've guessed that quite well.

-Definitely.

0:34:300:34:33

I'm definitely better at the right value in English properties than Australian properties!

0:34:330:34:38

Well, I'm just good.

0:34:380:34:39

The valuations are encouraging but how would the cost of living in

0:34:410:34:45

Australia compare with that in the UK?

0:34:450:34:47

If the sums don't add up, they are going nowhere.

0:34:470:34:50

-It's scary, this bit.

-Yes.

0:34:500:34:51

Let's see if we can afford to live here happily.

0:34:510:34:54

Shall we find out?

0:34:540:34:56

-Are we ready?

-Yes.

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We've prepared a comparison of expenses starting with the grocery shop.

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Semi-skimmed milk - 99p in the UK...

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..compared to £1.21 in Australia.

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It looks like the food shop in Australia is going to be

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substantially more expensive than the food shop in the UK.

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Looks like Rebecca could be right.

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So a weekly shop in Australia

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is going to be £151.56.

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That's more than £60 extra a week on food alone.

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That's a lot of money.

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That's scary, how much more we'd be spending.

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Every week. I'm quite worried about what else is to come.

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-Yes.

-Basing their figures on the second property they saw,

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their mortgage wouldn't be much more than that in the UK.

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Then, looking at the other big bills,

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the outlook's brighter than anticipated.

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£61.82 less a month.

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That's promising.

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And with them popping £500 a month into the Australia fund back home,

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there is even more money to play with.

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It's looking good.

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So taking everything into consideration,

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where does it leave the Ellis Waughs overall?

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So in Australia we would be £2,192.82 per month

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better off living in Australia than the UK.

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That's just crazy. That's just absolutely...

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So living the way we live in the UK that's how much more...

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We could even look at a five-bedroom property rather than the four.

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Yes.

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-It's just amazing.

-They don't know how each other is going to vote.

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What do you think?

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It's been an interesting reality day. It's time to vote.

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-Australia.

-Australia.

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So I voted Australia because I think we'd be stupid not to consider

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Australia after the results we've had today.

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With financial fears put to bed,

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Rebecca's chances of a better future in Australia are looking better than

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ever. But there is still one final hurdle to overcome and it's the

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biggest one - leaving family behind will be a tough call.

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There is a much-loved mum and an adored hands-on dad being left behind.

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Do you want to see your dad? Do you want to see it, Tim?

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Are you sure?

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Mary, do you want to see it?

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Ethan has decided to sit this one out but the rest of the family

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cuddle together to hear from loved ones back home.

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Hi, kids, I hope you're having a great time.

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Hello.

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Hi, Kylie, hi, Rebecca, hi, kids.

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Hello.

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Hello.

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Kylie seems to be herself now. She seems really settled.

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They seem very happy together.

0:37:510:37:54

Rebecca's lovely. Very grounded, very sensible.

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Quite opposite to Kylie.

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They are very lively, very noisy, but they are great kids.

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I've never experienced Australia as Rebecca has.

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It seems to be...

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..a better place for the children and I'm sure if they go over there

0:38:090:38:13

I would probably have to go too.

0:38:130:38:14

The kids are always there for Tempie and it's almost like one big family.

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I think I will miss that a lot.

0:38:220:38:24

I will miss playing with them.

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I'd miss them terribly, yes.

0:38:280:38:30

All the grandbairns seem to have moved away.

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It is quite hard for my mum,

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not having any of the grandbairns around her now.

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Miss you all so much.

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Totally jealous you didn't take us with you.

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Well, me with you anyway.

0:38:430:38:46

Kylie, I would say go for it.

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You get one go in life and you've got to live it so better to go,

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and if it doesn't work out come back, than not go at all.

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Well, kids, I hope you've had a wonderful time anyway and time will

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tell where you will end up, and hopefully I'll end up there too.

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You know that you guys mean the world to me but I think if you think

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you will be happy over there, I think you should go for it.

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I know it's a big decision for you and maybe it is going to be a

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perfect opportunity but I would like you to stay at home.

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It's OK.

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And it sounded like your dad's following us.

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Doesn't it?

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I don't think we have a choice in that, do we?

0:39:370:39:39

I don't think we'll get rid of him that easy!

0:39:390:39:42

It's time for a group hug and some words of wisdom from young Mary.

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Cheer up, Timmy.

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-Timothy Ellis, pull yourself together.

-Group hug!

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-Team hug.

-Team hug.

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At the start of the trial week,

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mum Rebecca arrived in Australia determined she could convince her

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young family and partner Kylie that life would be better down under.

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But being away from loved ones in the UK was always going to be difficult,

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but no-one, even Rebecca, realised how hard this would hit them.

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Now, as the family get ready to return,

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the good news about property and jobs pale into insignificance if

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there is no team, dad Gary or Kylie's mum to share it with.

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So what would you do if it was your family?

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Vote home or away?

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Time to find out what the Ellis Waughs decide.

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Rebecca still believes Australia is best for her active and blossoming family.

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Really difficult to see Kylie upset. Really difficult. I knew she was

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worrying about leaving family behind.

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She has got a really big, close family.

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So it is kind of a massive consideration for her.

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But Kylie is torn between her two families.

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Watching the friends and family videos was probably the hardest part

0:41:100:41:14

of the week. Listening to them saying how much they'd miss us all

0:41:140:41:19

was quite difficult, and seeing my grandma getting quite choked up

0:41:190:41:23

was quite upsetting.

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I think she knows there would be no point making the move if she's just going to be pining for home,

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because if she's not happy then there's no point.

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The children want to keep all three loving parents happy,

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leaving Rebecca full of doubts and fearful of what she's asking of them.

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I think the final vote is really important because it's going to

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affect our lives massively.

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I don't really know now after watching the video

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what I'm going to vote.

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I do think we all have to vote that we want to

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come, because if it's going to be too hard for even one of us I just don't

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think it would work.

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The light is going. It's time to vote.

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At the end of an emotional trial week it's now time to vote.

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Australia!

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The opportunities out here are just absolutely phenomenal.

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I mean, obviously, it's still quite upsetting

0:42:230:42:25

but I want to give it a go.

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I think we'd be crazy not to try it.

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It's OK to have one undecided because whatever we do we're doing it as a team.

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Oldest to youngest.

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-One, two, three.

-ALL: Team!

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We've had a good week, haven't we?

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Feeling a bit emotional.

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What an emotional roller-coaster, but in the end Rebecca got nearly all

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her votes.

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Now, it might take some gentle convincing to get Tim on board

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but if dad Gary decides to move out to be with them

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I reckon he'll soon come round.

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However long that may take,

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we wish this adorable family the best of luck

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and, wherever they end up, a very bright and happy future.

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Growing up, Rebecca Ellis listened to dashing, sea-faring tales at her grandfather's knee of the beauty and excitement of the South Seas and Australia. Captivating the young Rebecca, she has been determined to move there ever since. But now a mum with four young children and new partner Kylie, she knows she has to get all the family on board if a move is to happen. And that won't be easy. Emigrating will mean the children having to say goodbye to their much-loved dad and leave him behind in Sunderland.

A trial week in Brisbane will help Rebecca, Kylie and family sample the sort of life they could lead and afford if they were to move. Then we will ask them to vote, once and for all, as to where their future lies. Will it be Australia or the UK? Rebecca knows that any decision has to be unanimous. So, will the family buy into Rebecca's fairy tale - or will she see her dream sink without trace?