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Myburgh Family

Albie has fragile X syndrome. Mum Jayne thinks the warm lifestyle of Oz would be good for him, but dad Eugene needs more than a promise of sunshine to be convinced.


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With his fragile X syndrome,

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life is tough enough for little Albie Myburgh.

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Mum Jayne knows the warmth and outdoor lifestyle of Australia

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would help him thrive.

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-Jump!

-Really good climbing.

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All the things you think he possibly might never have been able to do

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when you're first diagnosed are all things that we are

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now achieving with him.

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But South African born and bred husband Eugene

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needs more than a promise of sunshine to convince him.

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If the work is not going to fit, or the salary,

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then we're going to really have to see...

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..if this is the best option for us.

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A trial week in Brisbane would let the Myburghs

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experience the Gold Coast lifestyle that would greatly help their son.

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My heart just melts when I see it. I'm so proud of him.

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It's another thing that he unlocked.

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But is the cost of an emotional upheaval

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simply too high a price to pay?

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Straddling the Pacific, Indian and Southern oceans,

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Australia is known the world over for its spectacular coastline.

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Boasting more than 10,000 beaches,

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over 85% of the population live within 30 miles of the sea,

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so it's no surprise the country remains the world's number one

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destination for British families seeking a new life in the sunshine.

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Albie Myburgh is the apple of his parents' eyes.

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He has a rare genetic disorder, fragile X,

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which causes developmental problems

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that Mum and Dad believe lessen in the warmth of the sun.

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To give him the best possible chance,

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Jayne is determined to take her young son to Australia,

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a place she's yearned to live for a long time.

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No stranger to hot climes himself,

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South African Eugene is well aware of his wife's dreams,

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but is fearful they'd be throwing away the network of support

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they currently have if they were to go.

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A week in the Brisbane sunshine will let them see if the benefits of

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the Australian lifestyle can make up for leaving family behind,

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before we ask them to make the life-defining decision

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as to where their future lies.

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The Myburghs' trial week begins with an eye-watering 23 hours

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getting from Heathrow to Brisbane, with a stopover in Abu Dhabi.

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As they touch down,

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it seems the long journey's been a bit of a breeze.

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The flight was great, actually.

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It was very long, but Albie was really well behaved,

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and it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.

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It was actually very, very good.

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After years of talking about it,

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Jayne is pinching herself to be on Aussie soil at last.

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In the run-up to coming to Australia,

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I have been really excited, but also really nervous as well.

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So, yeah, really mixed emotions.

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I'm hoping it's going to be everything I want it to be,

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but you never know.

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They've both got one clear goal in mind.

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It's all about Albie, you know,

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everything goes into Albie and it's got to suit him and his needs,

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otherwise it is not going to be worthwhile to...

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..to leave family and friends and to come out here,

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if it's not going to be right for him.

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So Australia really needs to match up to the sort of

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-support that we get back home.

-I'm trying! I tried, I tried.

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We're here to experience and to see what's Australia about,

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and at the end, we want to make a decision that's right for the family.

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There we go! Well done, Albie.

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That's it.

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Meet the Myburghs.

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They live in Buckinghamshire, in the south of England.

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They're mum Jayne, dad Eugene,

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and Albie, aged seven.

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Jayne and Eugene met eight years ago

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at the wedding of a mutual friend in the UK.

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-And we started dating about a month...

-Yeah.

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..six weeks after that?

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You pursued me via e-mail.

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A whirlwind romance followed,

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then Eugene's job took him back to South Africa.

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So I said, "Come for a holiday,"

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took her to all the nice places, and towards the end of the holiday,

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I asked her if she'd like to come and live in South Africa with me.

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The couple married and for a few years

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enjoyed an almost-idyllic life in South Africa.

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We had a great house with a swimming pool and a lapa,

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and we had a lot of space, and a nice big garden for the three dogs.

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But not everything in the garden was rosy.

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You are limited with safety over there, and the crime,

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so, as much as it's a great lifestyle there..

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..it comes at a cost.

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And when Albie was born in 2010,

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they felt it wasn't the right place to bring him up.

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I really pestered Eugene about moving back to the UK.

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Having lived in the UK before, I knew it just made sense.

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It's the better country to raise a family in.

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They settled back in England with a beautiful home and good jobs

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as a quantity surveyor and working part-time in a school,

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but Jayne found it hard to settle.

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I just constantly can't stop thinking about Australia.

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And although we have settled here and we are happy,

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we've got, you know, as I say, great family, great friends,

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there's just something missing,

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and for me it's that want of wanting to live in Australia.

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Eugene has been able to resist Jayne's efforts so far, but lately,

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he's been coming round to the idea.

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Why? In a word, Albie.

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How would you like to describe Albie?

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-Pure joy.

-Yeah, amazing.

-Pure joy.

-He is just a wonderful child.

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But it wasn't long before Jayne and Eugene noticed things with Albie

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weren't as they should be.

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That is really good!

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We knew something was not quite right, because he wasn't reaching

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the milestones that a typical child should reach.

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So our paediatrician said,

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"Let's go down the genetic route and have a look at that."

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He was diagnosed with fragile X syndrome,

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a rare genetic disorder affecting one in 4,000 males in the UK

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and causing communication and behavioural issues.

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When Albie was diagnosed, it was one of the hardest days of my life.

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We weren't expecting to get the news that we got and...

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..to say it was devastating is an understatement.

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It was the worst day of my life, that, actually, when Jayne said...

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Yeah. I mean, it took...

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I cried solid for a couple of weeks.

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I...I just couldn't understand what it was,

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so then I was blaming myself.

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But, you know, there was nothing I could do about it.

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It's just, you know... It was out of my control.

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But we've just had to make the best of the situation.

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And we feel blessed with Albie, because he is a wonderful child.

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He is mildly affected.

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Even if you said to me now, "I could take that fragile X away,"

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he wouldn't be Albie. And he's my Albie,

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he's our Albie, and he's just amazing.

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His condition means he needs lots of physical activity

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to improve his muscle tone.

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Jayne is convinced Albie would benefit hugely from

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the lifestyle Australia can offer.

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I think it's the country for us,

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the country I want to bring Albie up in, and he can experience

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a wonderful outdoor lifestyle that his father had when he grew up.

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But the move would also mean sacrificing strong family support

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they have around them.

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My mum and dad mean everything to me.

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-And...

-And me.

-And you, yeah.

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They do so much for us.

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I couldn't imagine my life without my mum and dad...

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..and I don't want to.

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Australia will have to offer the right things

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for Eugene to make the move.

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It's got to make financial sense.

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At the moment, we've got a nice life over here.

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I don't want to take a step backwards.

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We would be risking a lot to move over there,

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but it's a risk that I think I'm willing to take.

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So, what is riding on this week?

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For me, my dream is riding on it.

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I've got to convince Eugene

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that it's the right thing to do for us as a family.

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If I can make Jayne happy and provide a better life for Albie,

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you know, I will grab it with both hands.

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For their trial week, the Myburghs are staying at Magnolia Manor,

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20 miles from the airport.

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It's dark as they arrive at their temporary home,

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but faces soon light up as they go through the door.

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Oh, my gosh.

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-Wow.

-Look at this! Lounge, diner, kitchen.

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It's amazing.

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Albie wastes no time settling in.

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-Goodnight.

-Goodnight.

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Although we're here and I'm happy to be here

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and everything looks nice, I'm just worried

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we might not get the answers we are actually looking for.

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I really, really want it to all work out, and if it doesn't,

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then I think I'll be heartbroken. But...

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-But for the family and for Albie, it has got to be right.

-Yeah.

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Absolutely, yeah. It's got to be right, yes.

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Finding the right job with the right salary will be key

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if Eugene is to move.

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Obviously, I'm the main breadwinner, so, if the work is not going to fit,

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or the salary is not on the same level as I earn in the UK,

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then we're going to really have to see...

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..if this is the best option for us.

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I want it to go so well and if, at the end of the week,

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it's not going to work out, I shall be devastated.

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If it's Australia, it'll be all go Australia,

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or if the decision is we stay in the UK,

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then it's stay in the UK and that chapter is closed.

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Back in the UK, home for the Myburghs

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is a two-bedroom semi in a sought-after area

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of Buckinghamshire in the south of England.

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We love this house, but for me, it's just not big enough.

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I think Jayne got spoiled with the sizes of the houses in South Africa.

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-Yeah.

-So...

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The couple have a generous budget of £550,000 for a home down under.

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I want modern, no work needing doing,

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open-plan, minimum three bedrooms,

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ideally four,

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a play area for Albie, so I can set up a sensory room for him.

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And location?

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We're a bit torn on this one,

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-cos Jayne would like to live close to the beach...

-Yes.

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..whereas I would like to live more inland.

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There is one thing they're definitely agreed on.

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A must-have actually is a swimming pool.

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-Yeah, for Albie.

-For Albie, for his sensory, for his swimming,

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for his muscle tone, and everything,

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so for me, that would be a must-have.

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To give the family an idea of what's available on the Brisbane property market,

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we've arranged for them to view three properties,

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two close to their budget

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and a third offering everything they're looking for in a dream home.

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The search begins in Coomera Waters,

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an up-and-coming area 40 miles south of Brisbane on the Gold Coast.

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Popular with families, it has lots of parks and a safe family feel.

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It's also just 20 minutes away from the beach.

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This is a lovely road, and it's a nice gated community.

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-It looks nice, doesn't it?

-Oh, wow.

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And the positive vibe continues once through the front door.

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Oh, wow. This is lovely, isn't it?

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-Wow, yes.

-Really bright.

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What do you think, Albie?

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Upstairs.

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It's lovely, isn't it?

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Mum and Dad are impressed with the kitchen

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as Albie explores upstairs.

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A nice kitchen-diner.

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-I like the island.

-I love the island.

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-I've always wanted an island.

-Yeah.

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This is nice, a nice entertaining area as well.

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And the wow factor keeps on coming.

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See how many rooms there are.

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Oh, wow, this is a lovely room, a lovely bedroom.

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Oh, wow, look at the walk-in wardrobe!

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-Walk-in wardrobe.

-This is amazing.

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-My shelf, the rest yours?

-Yeah, possibly!

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Oh, wow, this is an amazing bathroom, and the shower...

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-Nice shower.

-And look at that Jacuzzi bath.

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I could definitely live here, in this...even in this bathroom!

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-Nice and modern, yeah.

-Yeah. I love it.

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This is another lovely bedroom.

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-Another decent-sized room.

-Wow, this is a great size as well.

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This could be Albie's bedroom.

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-Nice.

-Good size.

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It's a very happy couple that take to the balcony to reflect...

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Oh, wow, this is a lovely balcony.

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I could definitely use this.

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Sit here with a book and a drink.

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-I love it, it's a bonus, this is.

-Yeah.

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..before heading outdoors

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to see the rainforest up close for themselves.

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It's a lovely area.

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-A barbecue.

-You've got the outdoor kitchen area, your barbecue.

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Feel that heat. It's so nice.

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-A nice garden.

-Wow.

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That would be great for Albie.

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-Oh, he'll love this.

-It'd be really good for him,

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so we could definitely do swimming and practise his swimming in here,

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-and his therapy.

-Definitely.

-I think Albie would love it.

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-Yeah.

-I think

-I

-love it!

-I love it!

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So it is perfect,

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but does perfection come at an affordable price?

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-I can't fault it.

-I can't fault it either.

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-What do you think it is?

-Maybe 630?

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I don't want it to be that much, but I think it is.

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I was thinking in the region of 615.

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615, OK.

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Is this somewhere they could afford?

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Their budget is an impressive £550,000.

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-You turn.

-All right, then.

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Oh!

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SHE GASPS

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507,000?

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-Wow.

-Oh, my gosh!

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I didn't expect that.

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That's £43,000 below budget.

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We've started our day off well. If we could get this sort of house

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for that sort of money, it's like a dream come true.

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-What a great start to our day that was.

-Good start, yeah.

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-Really nice.

-Well done.

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-Well done!

-Well done, yes!

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Back in the car for a half an hour drive west of Brisbane

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and inland to Wongawallan.

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This is a snug suburb deep in the rainforest,

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yet only 18 miles from the sandy beaches of the Gold Coast.

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The area boasts great family living with a friendly community spirit.

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After the wow factor of the first house,

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can property number two deliver even more?

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Wow!

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Gosh, could you see yourself living somewhere this remote?

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-I can, actually.

-You can? Look at it, it's lovely.

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It is nice, but I'm just not sure about remoteness of it.

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For the first time, Jayne sounds hesitant,

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and the entrance hall compounds her reservations.

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-To the left.

-Oh, wow!

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Look at this!

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It's a nice size, but it's not...

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Definitely not my taste.

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Looks a bit dark, though, or maybe it's just the windows.

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Yeah, I'd like to see the rest of it.

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She loves open plans, so maybe this kitchen will brighten her mood.

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-Nice kitchen lounge.

-Oh, wow, this is nice.

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This is a bit more...bit more modern.

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If the bedrooms deliver,

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it could be this property's saving grace for Jayne.

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Lovely patio doors. It's got a nice feel to it, this room.

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-Yeah.

-Yeah, I like it.

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I do like it, yeah.

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But will it be enough?

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Their tour continues.

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-Family bathroom.

-Yes, family bathroom.

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-Every room's got a nice view.

-Yeah. It has, hasn't it?

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-Nice gradient, there, to the property.

-Yeah.

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Yeah, this looks like a guest bedroom, I think.

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It's not massive, but it's a...

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-A decent size.

-Yeah. You can get the double bed in.

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Wow. Yeah. This is a nice size, isn't it?

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-This is a big double.

-Yeah. Bigger than the other one.

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-Oh, wow! This is a lovely room.

-Playroom...

-Playroom.

-..for Albie.

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Yeah. Do therapy in here with him.

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Yeah. I could see this room with Albie's name on it.

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Oh, this is a really lovely outdoor eating area, isn't it?

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-Nice outside space.

-Yeah, it's a beautiful outside space.

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-You don't get this back home.

-No.

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No, I think you could even buy this house just for this.

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Just for the view.

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And the thought of Albie having fun in this sun melts their hearts.

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I think, with the house, the view, and now a pool,

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it's just blown me away.

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-Albie would love it.

-Albie would love it.

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He'd be in it all the time.

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-Nice to...

-Come home from work, get in the pool.

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-..have a dip in the pool.

-Could see us doing that.

0:17:050:17:07

Can I jump in now?

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SHE LAUGHS

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Not that Albie cares.

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He's found his man cave.

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So what do we think about this house, then?

0:17:140:17:16

It's not a bad house.

0:17:180:17:19

-Yeah.

-I'm just wondering if it's a bit too remote.

0:17:190:17:24

When we drove up, I thought, "Mm, I'm not sure."

0:17:240:17:27

Now, seeing the house, I actually do quite like the house.

0:17:270:17:30

Can they afford it?

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I'm going to say for this property, 470,000.

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470?

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-550.

-550.

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-But I don't know, I don't know.

-On budget.

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Yeah, I'm going on budget, right on budget.

0:17:420:17:44

Their budget is an impressive £550,000.

0:17:440:17:49

-Ah!

-484.

0:17:520:17:54

Wow.

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It's £66,000 under budget.

0:17:560:17:59

I did think it was going to be more.

0:18:000:18:01

So I'm pleasantly surprised what you could get for your money.

0:18:030:18:08

-Mm-hm.

-Yeah.

0:18:080:18:09

-This was a lovely house.

-What do you think of this house?

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-Did you like it?

-It was nice, wasn't it?

0:18:120:18:14

Yes, a great day so far.

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And the Myburghs still have the dream house to view.

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40 minutes in the car takes the family back to the coast.

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This is Broadbeach, or Broadie to the locals.

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Sandwiched between the ocean and canal waterways,

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this family-friendly suburb is in the heart of the Gold Coast.

0:18:300:18:34

Property number three backs onto the canal, with beach, shops,

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parks and restaurants right on its doorstep.

0:18:380:18:41

-Number three. Past number three.

-Let's go.

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Different to the other properties,

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might this one have an even bigger wow factor?

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SHE GASPS

0:18:480:18:50

Oh, my goodness me.

0:18:500:18:51

SHE LAUGHS

0:18:510:18:52

I didn't expect this, looking on the outside.

0:18:520:18:55

No. Oh, this is so lovely, isn't it?

0:18:550:18:57

-Look at this kitchen.

-Yeah.

-It's amazing.

-This is good.

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So clean.

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Clean lines, modern.

0:19:010:19:03

Can you see yourself cooking in this kitchen, dear?

0:19:030:19:05

No, I can see you cooking in it.

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THEY LAUGH

0:19:070:19:08

This is ticking all the boxes.

0:19:080:19:10

Oh, this is a lovely bedroom, isn't it? Look how bright it is.

0:19:100:19:14

These beautiful doors,

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onto the pool area.

0:19:150:19:17

Albie's already picked his room.

0:19:200:19:23

Nice, fitted wardrobes.

0:19:230:19:24

-Good size. Good wardrobes.

-Good size with the fan.

0:19:240:19:27

And again, a lovely view, out on the pool area, the patio.

0:19:270:19:30

Talk about saving the best till last.

0:19:300:19:33

Oh, wow! Now, this is more like it.

0:19:330:19:36

Look at that view. It's so light and airy.

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Lovely, done lovely as well. Nice and modern.

0:19:390:19:41

Can you see this as being your bedroom?

0:19:410:19:43

I could see this as my bedroom. It's amazing, it's lovely.

0:19:430:19:45

Oh, wow.

0:19:470:19:48

-Wow.

-Stunning.

-This is nice.

0:19:480:19:50

I could definitely have this as my bathroom.

0:19:500:19:52

This is lovely. This is lovely. Lovely.

0:19:520:19:55

And the pool is everything they are looking for.

0:19:550:19:59

Wow, Gene, look at this pool.

0:19:590:20:01

-Wow.

-This is beautiful.

0:20:010:20:03

And you've got the step down for Albie.

0:20:030:20:05

It's perfect.

0:20:050:20:06

It's the closest to perfection as they can get.

0:20:070:20:10

Oh, my goodness. Look at this!

0:20:110:20:14

-This is nice.

-This is just amazing.

0:20:140:20:17

The glass all the way around, look at the views.

0:20:170:20:20

-This is a selling point.

-This is what it's all about.

-Yeah.

0:20:200:20:25

But could they afford it on their £550,000 budget?

0:20:250:20:30

There's so many positives. It's spacious, it's modern,

0:20:300:20:34

it's light and airy.

0:20:340:20:35

If we could afford this house, I would absolutely love to live here.

0:20:350:20:38

It is what you come to Australia for.

0:20:380:20:40

-This is nice.

-It is the lifestyle you dream of.

0:20:400:20:42

So, is this perfect place somewhere they might be able to buy?

0:20:420:20:48

755,000.

0:20:510:20:54

It is more than £200,000 over budget.

0:20:540:20:58

If this was our budget, I would happily pay this for this house.

0:20:580:21:02

This, to me, is the dream home.

0:21:020:21:04

-Absolutely.

-It's been an inspiring day on the property front.

0:21:040:21:09

House number one got the family all excited.

0:21:090:21:11

It was exactly what they wanted from a home down under.

0:21:110:21:15

Both inside and out, it ticked all their boxes.

0:21:150:21:18

The couple were speechless when they realised it was within their budget.

0:21:180:21:22

Property number two was a bigger house for their money,

0:21:220:21:25

but was further out of town

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and the location felt remote to Jayne.

0:21:270:21:29

She thought it dark and definitely not to her taste.

0:21:290:21:32

And given they were right on the edge of the actual rainforest,

0:21:320:21:35

they worried about losing Albie in the forest.

0:21:350:21:38

Then the excitement level reached fever pitch when they saw the beach

0:21:390:21:43

bungalow in Broadie,

0:21:430:21:44

its clean, open lines and safe, stylish pool area,

0:21:440:21:48

this property was more than they could ever imagine.

0:21:480:21:51

The dream came at a price though. It was £200,000 over budget.

0:21:510:21:56

So when it comes to properties,

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will the couple vote for Australia or the UK?

0:21:580:22:02

After an amazing property day here, it's time to vote.

0:22:020:22:05

-Australia!

-Australia!

0:22:110:22:12

-Just been a great day.

-It's amazing value for money.

0:22:140:22:16

It's been a real eye-opener. Value for money and what an amazing lifestyle you could have over here.

0:22:160:22:21

Yeah. Really happy.

0:22:210:22:22

I'm happy too. I'm excited.

0:22:220:22:24

-Yeah, yeah.

-I really am.

-Team Myburgh.

-Team Myburgh.

0:22:240:22:27

With Eugene's vote for Australia,

0:22:330:22:35

Jayne's campaign is off to a confident start.

0:22:350:22:39

But Eugene will need to get the right job down under to be convinced

0:22:390:22:43

the move is worth the risk.

0:22:430:22:45

Back in the UK, he's a quantity surveyor.

0:22:450:22:47

My job entails going around, visiting various projects,

0:22:470:22:52

from new builds to refurbishments or, in this case,

0:22:520:22:55

to resurface a car park.

0:22:550:22:59

I spend half the time in the office

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and the other half of the time on the road,

0:23:020:23:04

visiting various projects around the country.

0:23:040:23:08

I've been a quantity surveyor now for ten years.

0:23:080:23:11

It's not the easiest job in the world but it's very rewarding.

0:23:110:23:17

He knows he wants a more robust work-life balance from work in Oz.

0:23:170:23:21

In Australia,

0:23:220:23:23

I would look for a similar role at the moment,

0:23:230:23:25

being a project quantity surveyor.

0:23:250:23:28

More office-based with maybe more local projects

0:23:280:23:31

rather than travelling.

0:23:310:23:33

Anything to spend more time with Albie.

0:23:330:23:36

Jayne too works around looking after her young son.

0:23:360:23:38

Tell Mummy what does a pirate say?

0:23:380:23:41

-Ah-haar!

-Ah-haar!

-Shiver me timbers!

-Shiver me timbers!

0:23:410:23:46

I work in a local school as a lunchtime supervisor twice a week,

0:23:460:23:49

and the other, I work at a local estate agent, every other Saturday.

0:23:490:23:53

I love both the jobs,

0:23:530:23:55

I've worked at the estate agent for nearly five years now.

0:23:550:23:58

I do it for the social aspect,

0:23:580:24:00

meeting people and to get me out of the house

0:24:000:24:02

and a little bit of spending money.

0:24:020:24:03

Jayne could go back to work full-time,

0:24:030:24:06

but initially, her priority,

0:24:060:24:07

like Eugene, is doing what's right for Albie.

0:24:070:24:11

Finding the right school for Albie in Australia is so important to us,

0:24:110:24:14

it's absolutely vital to our move.

0:24:140:24:16

He's got to get the care that he needs, the attention that he needs.

0:24:160:24:20

He's got to get the right education

0:24:200:24:22

and they've got to understand fragile X,

0:24:220:24:24

or want to understand fragile X and learn about it, so he can be

0:24:240:24:27

supported properly.

0:24:270:24:29

Eugene sets out to explore his work options.

0:24:290:24:32

He's meeting John Waterworth and Paul Tate

0:24:320:24:35

from a local surveyors company.

0:24:350:24:37

It seems they have good news for Eugene.

0:24:370:24:39

Are my current skills and qualifications transferable to Australia?

0:24:390:24:44

You're in an interesting situation where you got ten years' experience,

0:24:440:24:47

but you're still studying a degree. I'd recommend that you get in

0:24:470:24:49

contact with the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors,

0:24:490:24:51

because they're the governing body that will assess whether your

0:24:510:24:55

qualifications are recognised here.

0:24:550:24:57

If I was a quantity surveyor in your company,

0:24:570:24:59

what would the work-life balance be?

0:24:590:25:02

You know, there's times during the year when you're busy and there's times when you're not as busy.

0:25:020:25:06

We basically shut the office for two weeks at Christmas and everybody

0:25:060:25:11

goes to the beach and has a good time and everybody comes back refreshed.

0:25:110:25:15

If I was able to get a role here in Australia,

0:25:150:25:18

what could I potentially earn?

0:25:180:25:20

I would say somewhere between £45,000 up to £57,000.

0:25:200:25:27

I think certainly as you gain more experience, then that salary could

0:25:270:25:32

go up to around about 75,000 or even more.

0:25:320:25:37

Based on what you just told me,

0:25:370:25:39

I think it's very positive.

0:25:390:25:42

After a very interesting work day, it's now time for me to vote.

0:25:450:25:49

Australia!

0:25:530:25:54

Good results for Eugene.

0:25:560:25:57

Time to find out if Jayne's having an equally successful day.

0:25:570:26:01

She and Albie are off to visit Saint Stephen's College, where they're met

0:26:010:26:05

by Jane Howe, director of community relations and projects.

0:26:050:26:09

This school is exactly what Jayne wants for Albie -

0:26:090:26:13

mainstream but with an extended learning centre for children with special needs.

0:26:130:26:18

Very impressed.

0:26:190:26:20

I could certainly see Albie fitting in and enjoying this environment for learning.

0:26:200:26:27

With his fragile X, Albie will need enhanced learning sessions.

0:26:270:26:30

This unit, run by Cherie Bunting, could be ideal for him.

0:26:300:26:35

We have lots of different groups that come in here for different

0:26:350:26:38

programmes. If it's social skills that we need to look at,

0:26:380:26:41

if it's phonics we need to look at,

0:26:410:26:43

some students we have come down here and do specialised programmes with

0:26:430:26:48

occupational therapists or speech pathologists, if that's needed.

0:26:480:26:53

That sounds brilliant, I was going to ask about OT and speech and

0:26:530:26:55

-therapy, so if you provide that, that's wonderful as well.

-Yeah.

0:26:550:26:58

Time to share the good news with Albie.

0:26:580:27:01

Albie, Mummy's had a look around at this school for you and it's an

0:27:010:27:04

amazing school.

0:27:040:27:06

Nice classrooms.

0:27:060:27:07

-Wow.

-Yeah, wow, and I think you'd have a really good time here,

0:27:070:27:11

and learn lots of nice things.

0:27:110:27:13

Would you like to come to this school?

0:27:130:27:15

-Yes.

-Yes!

-Welcome.

0:27:150:27:19

The couple meet up to talk through their day.

0:27:190:27:22

-Oh, hi!

-Hi, dear.

-You all right?

-Yeah.

0:27:220:27:25

-How was your day at school?

-Oh, my day was great.

0:27:250:27:27

I really enjoyed the school. They were so helpful,

0:27:270:27:30

I really could see Albie there.

0:27:300:27:32

So, how did your work day go?

0:27:320:27:35

Very informative.

0:27:350:27:36

Salary-wise, similar to what I earn in the UK.

0:27:360:27:40

-OK.

-But a positive of that is there's opportunities for it to go

0:27:400:27:46

up quite substantially, up to 70,000, so...

0:27:460:27:49

-OK.

-Which is, which is, for me, is positive.

-OK.

0:27:490:27:52

I mean, after the great day we had yesterday, looking at the properties

0:27:520:27:55

and now looking at this amazing school,

0:27:550:27:57

I do feel really positive and I'm really hopeful that our week

0:27:570:28:02

is going the way we want it to go,

0:28:020:28:03

or the way that I want it to go definitely!

0:28:030:28:05

Halfway through their trial week,

0:28:090:28:11

and Jayne Myburgh's dream of moving her family to Australia's Gold Coast

0:28:110:28:16

is off to a good start.

0:28:160:28:17

But remember, there's the all-important financial reality check and

0:28:170:28:22

messages from home still to come.

0:28:220:28:24

And Jayne knows only too well nothing can be certain just yet.

0:28:240:28:29

First though, a day sampling the Aussie lifestyle gives Mum, Dad,

0:28:290:28:33

and Albie the chance for some rare family fun together.

0:28:330:28:37

A huge factor behind the push for a move down under is for Albie to

0:28:390:28:43

enjoy the health benefits an outdoors lifestyle could offer.

0:28:430:28:46

Back in the UK, horse riding's part of his regular therapy,

0:28:460:28:50

but it's mostly done indoors.

0:28:500:28:52

So what better way to start the day than doing his favourite thing

0:28:520:28:56

-in the great outdoors.

-Bye, darling! Bye, baby!

0:28:560:28:59

Seeing the way he's enjoying riding the horse and just being outdoors,

0:28:590:29:04

it just really brings a smile to my face and makes me really happy.

0:29:040:29:08

I've actually never seen him trot before, so this is progression as well.

0:29:100:29:15

It's just amazing because it's another thing that he unlocked.

0:29:150:29:18

I get very emotional over any little achievement that he does.

0:29:220:29:25

I mean, it's, to me, watching him ride a horse,

0:29:250:29:27

ride a bike for the first time, a scooter,

0:29:270:29:29

all the things that you think he possibly might never have been able to do

0:29:290:29:32

when you're first diagnosed, are all things that we are now achieving with him.

0:29:320:29:36

And I can't help but... My heart just melts when I see it,

0:29:360:29:40

I'm so proud of him.

0:29:400:29:42

-High five for good riding.

-I did it!

-High five!

-You did it, well done!

0:29:420:29:46

Next, they're off to the beach.

0:29:460:29:48

The day simply couldn't be better.

0:29:500:29:53

To me, seeing Albie like this and enjoying himself and being outdoors,

0:29:530:29:57

that's the most important thing to me. I want him to have this sort of lifestyle -

0:29:570:30:02

fresh air, sea, beach, and not be stuck indoors.

0:30:020:30:05

Lifestyle day today was absolutely brilliant.

0:30:070:30:10

Seeing Albie out with the horses, spending some time on the beach.

0:30:100:30:14

Weather wasn't that great but, I mean, percentage-wise,

0:30:140:30:18

you're going to have bad days, it's not always going to be 100% sunshine.

0:30:180:30:22

I certainly could see myself and us, you know, and Albie loving it here

0:30:220:30:26

and enjoying it and making the most of it.

0:30:260:30:29

Australia this week has just reinforced to me everything that it

0:30:290:30:32

has to offer for us as a family.

0:30:320:30:34

The week thus far has been very positive. All in all I think...

0:30:340:30:39

..maybe a bit better than I thought it would've been.

0:30:390:30:43

I've really enjoyed today.

0:30:430:30:45

-Yeah.

-I'm a bit nervous about tomorrow.

0:30:450:30:47

I am a bit concerned at the moment, so it'll be interesting what the

0:30:470:30:51

reality check is going to throw out to us.

0:30:510:30:54

If we can't afford it,

0:30:540:30:56

our dream's going to be over and it's going to be quite devastating.

0:30:560:31:00

But finances aren't the only thing

0:31:000:31:02

that could potentially scupper a move.

0:31:020:31:05

It would be extremely difficult to take Albie away from his grandparents.

0:31:050:31:09

I know my mum and dad love him absolutely.

0:31:090:31:12

I think prior to Albie's diagnosis, my mum and dad would have said,

0:31:120:31:16

"Go for it. It's fine."

0:31:160:31:19

However, since Albie was diagnosed,

0:31:190:31:22

I think my parents have changed their mind a little bit

0:31:220:31:26

and don't necessarily feel we're doing the right thing

0:31:260:31:29

taking Albie away from his support network.

0:31:290:31:31

In terms of the emotional side for Jayne not having her parents there,

0:31:310:31:35

I think that would be very difficult for her.

0:31:350:31:38

The thought of losing my mum or dad breaks my heart and...

0:31:380:31:40

..even at my age, I don't want the thought of losing them.

0:31:420:31:46

Yeah.

0:31:460:31:47

Tough decisions ahead, but for now, when it comes to lifestyle,

0:31:490:31:53

is it home or away?

0:31:530:31:55

After a fun-filled lifestyle day it's now time to vote.

0:31:550:31:59

-Australia.

-Australia.

0:32:030:32:05

-We'd be silly not to.

-I think it was a no-brainer, really.

0:32:080:32:12

-It was a lovely day.

-Yeah, it's been an amazing day.

0:32:120:32:15

I really enjoyed the horse riding, I think Albie absolutely loved it,

0:32:150:32:18

so for me, that was a really fantastic part of the day.

0:32:180:32:22

Absolutely amazing day.

0:32:220:32:23

Yeah, and then the park and the beach.

0:32:230:32:25

The weather hasn't spoiled it at all.

0:32:250:32:27

-Still in shorts.

-Still in shorts.

0:32:270:32:30

-And, yeah, it's just been an overall great day.

-I agree.

0:32:300:32:35

We're going to walk. Oh, isn't this a lovely beach, Albie?

0:32:350:32:38

-Do you like the beach?

-So, we've had a really great day, haven't we?

0:32:380:32:42

Thoroughly enjoyed Australia today.

0:32:430:32:45

With Eugene seemingly swaying towards a move,

0:32:510:32:54

it looks like Jayne's dream life down under could be inching closer.

0:32:540:32:59

But will the finances see her hopes dashed?

0:32:590:33:02

So, we think our house is worth around 500,000?

0:33:030:33:06

Yep.

0:33:060:33:08

Yeah, let's just see now what the estate agents think.

0:33:080:33:10

This looks very nice.

0:33:150:33:17

It's very well presented.

0:33:170:33:19

Not the largest room. Obviously it's from the original way it was built,

0:33:200:33:25

but I do like, again, what they've done with their decor.

0:33:250:33:27

The kitchen/dining room, nice space.

0:33:270:33:29

Good size table.

0:33:290:33:31

Nicely fitted kitchen as well.

0:33:310:33:33

Main bedroom, beautifully decorated.

0:33:330:33:36

Fantastic set of wardrobes.

0:33:360:33:38

Excellent space.

0:33:380:33:39

So bedroom two. Again another good-sized double room.

0:33:390:33:43

Nice fitted cupboard, nice and bright.

0:33:430:33:45

The garden is a reasonable size,

0:33:460:33:48

south-westerly facing, which is nice.

0:33:480:33:51

In the current market, my valuation of the property would be £425,000.

0:33:510:33:55

However, for a quick sale, I would suggest £415,000.

0:33:550:33:59

In the current market, I would value

0:33:590:34:01

this property at £450,000,

0:34:010:34:04

and for it to sell quickly, I would value it at £425,000.

0:34:040:34:08

So, I think the first valuation was completely out of the ballpark.

0:34:090:34:12

It was, to me, quite a ridiculous valuation.

0:34:120:34:17

The second valuation was a bit more realistic,

0:34:170:34:20

so I think that we could, for the reality check, potentially look at the 450-475.

0:34:200:34:24

The 25,000 less is definitely going to have an impact on our final

0:34:240:34:28

figures, so I'm a little bit concerned...

0:34:280:34:31

-Yeah, me too.

-..what the outcome's going to be.

-Yeah.

0:34:310:34:35

Next, time to compare the cost of living.

0:34:350:34:38

First up, a look at the weekly shopping bills.

0:34:380:34:40

-I'm nervous.

-I'm very nervous. I almost don't want to do it.

0:34:400:34:43

Wow. Looking at salmon fillets,

0:34:440:34:47

that's £4.46 more expensive in Australia,

0:34:470:34:49

but your beef roasting joint is £4.44 cheaper in Australia.

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Potatoes, that's £2.01 more in Australia.

0:34:550:35:00

Adding it up...

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So, our weekly shop in Australia will be £35.50 more than in the UK.

0:35:040:35:10

That's about a third more than in the UK.

0:35:100:35:13

-Not really very happy about that.

-That's a considerable amount.

0:35:130:35:16

-Yeah.

-Stay positive, Jayne.

0:35:160:35:19

Take a look at the bigger bills, based on property number one.

0:35:190:35:23

So, our monthly outgoings in Australia will be £409.43 more than

0:35:230:35:31

-in the UK.

-That too is a third more than home.

0:35:310:35:34

It's not looking good, dear.

0:35:340:35:36

No. I have to agree with you.

0:35:360:35:39

I'm feeling a bit deflated.

0:35:390:35:41

Jayne's dream is turning into her worst nightmare.

0:35:410:35:44

So, in Australia, your salary will be £170.59 more and my salary will

0:35:440:35:50

be £14.71 less.

0:35:500:35:52

A total of £155.88 more in Australia.

0:35:530:35:58

That's a bit disappointing.

0:36:000:36:02

So, what's the final damage?

0:36:020:36:05

-So, we would be £253.55 a month worse off...

-Worse off.

-..in Australia.

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And that is £3,042.60 a year.

0:36:120:36:18

I think my worst nightmare for this week just became true.

0:36:180:36:22

Yeah. I'm a bit lost for words at the moment

0:36:220:36:25

-because it's a lot of money.

-Hm.

0:36:250:36:26

It's time to vote.

0:36:280:36:30

After a very disappointing reality check day,

0:36:310:36:34

it's now time for us to vote.

0:36:340:36:35

-Undecided.

-UK!

0:36:440:36:45

-UK?

-Yeah.

-Well, I can't hardly blame you, really.

0:36:480:36:51

But I'm undecided because, you know,

0:36:510:36:53

I don't want the dream to be over because of finances.

0:36:530:36:55

You know, you're going to be earning more money at some point,

0:36:550:36:59

so I'm just looking at it like that.

0:36:590:37:01

For me, based on the current figures, it's...

0:37:010:37:06

..it's too big a gap.

0:37:060:37:08

Undecided, are we?

0:37:090:37:11

Yes, undecided.

0:37:110:37:13

The reality check has knocked them for six,

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and now for the messages from loved ones back home.

0:37:190:37:22

It'll be difficult for them to hold it together.

0:37:220:37:25

I hope this doesn't upset me too much.

0:37:250:37:28

-I'm sure you'll be fine, dear.

-Yeah. OK, ready to go?

-Ready.

0:37:280:37:32

-Hello!

-Hi!

-Hi, everybody!

0:37:350:37:40

Hi, Jayne and Eugene.

0:37:400:37:42

-Hello, Jayne.

-Hello, Jayne.

-Hello, Eugene and Albie.

0:37:420:37:44

I hope you're having an amazing time.

0:37:440:37:46

Eugene and Jaynie are absolutely perfect together.

0:37:460:37:51

We just love them all.

0:37:510:37:53

Jayne is very sensitive, and she's very caring.

0:37:530:37:58

She'd do anything for you and I love her to pieces.

0:37:580:38:01

Eugene is amazing.

0:38:010:38:03

He loves our Jaynie.

0:38:030:38:06

Albie is an awesome little kid.

0:38:060:38:08

He's so funny. He's definitely inherited Eugene's sense of humour.

0:38:080:38:11

I want Jayne, Eugene and Albie to stay in the UK.

0:38:110:38:17

I'm struggling to accept that we won't see Albie all the time.

0:38:170:38:22

I will miss them dearly.

0:38:220:38:24

We don't know what life has in store for Albie,

0:38:240:38:28

but we'd like to be part of it.

0:38:280:38:30

If you go to Australia, I'll really miss you.

0:38:300:38:35

I want the boys to grow up with Albie.

0:38:350:38:37

I want you to be around.

0:38:370:38:39

You're their Auntie Jaynie.

0:38:390:38:41

You're going for the great Australian dream.

0:38:410:38:43

It's real, we've lived it.

0:38:430:38:45

But the flip side is you're moving away from your friends and your family

0:38:450:38:48

and we know from experience that's really tough.

0:38:480:38:51

If you go to Australia, I'll be really sad,

0:38:510:38:55

because I really like being with Albie.

0:38:550:38:58

If you decide to go to Australia, me and Dad will support you 100%.

0:38:580:39:03

Just make sure that you think hard about it, make the right decision,

0:39:030:39:08

make the right choices.

0:39:080:39:10

You need to follow your instinct and do what you think is right for your

0:39:100:39:14

family and for Albie.

0:39:140:39:16

-Are you sad?

-Yeah. Yeah.

-That was difficult.

0:39:160:39:20

-That was difficult. Yeah.

-I knew it was going to be difficult.

0:39:200:39:24

I didn't think it was going to be that difficult.

0:39:240:39:27

Gosh, OK.

0:39:270:39:28

Well, that's touched me very much.

0:39:280:39:31

It's going to be hard.

0:39:330:39:34

Yeah, I wasn't expecting to cry.

0:39:350:39:37

At the start of the week, Jayne Myburgh was adamant

0:39:400:39:44

the quality of her young son's life would be so much better

0:39:440:39:47

in the great outdoors of Australia.

0:39:470:39:50

South African husband Eugene knows only too well how wonderful it would

0:39:500:39:55

be for his fragile X son

0:39:550:39:57

but, as the main breadwinner, feels the responsibility for his family heavy on his shoulders.

0:39:570:40:03

And after hearing messages from home,

0:40:030:40:06

they're reminded the cost of moving isn't all about dollars and cents.

0:40:060:40:10

So, what would you do?

0:40:100:40:12

It's a tricky one.

0:40:120:40:13

And as they approach the final vote,

0:40:130:40:16

even Jayne isn't sure where her heart now lies.

0:40:160:40:20

When the Myburghs arrived in Brisbane seven days ago, Jayne was pinning her

0:40:200:40:25

hopes on Australia delivering a brighter, healthier future for her family.

0:40:250:40:30

Now, after a series of emotional and financial highs and lows,

0:40:300:40:34

she's not so sure.

0:40:340:40:36

At the beginning of the week, I thought it was all going really well

0:40:380:40:40

and I thought it would just be Australia, but now I'm really confused now.

0:40:400:40:44

I'm just not sure what I'm doing.

0:40:440:40:47

I am feeling very nervous and anxious at the moment.

0:40:470:40:52

This is a big decision.

0:40:520:40:54

The friends and family video did not make this any easier.

0:40:540:40:59

And seeing the finances in black and white was a stark wake-up call.

0:40:590:41:03

The reality check for me was a really big blow, so, yeah,

0:41:030:41:06

it's huge. It will really affect the decision.

0:41:060:41:09

I haven't really decided.

0:41:090:41:12

I'm just a little bit 50-50 at the moment which way I'm going to go.

0:41:120:41:15

I can't read him.

0:41:150:41:16

He's not giving me any clues.

0:41:160:41:18

It's a big decision and it can change everything.

0:41:180:41:21

The indecision is tormenting them.

0:41:210:41:24

This family needs closure.

0:41:240:41:26

I want to be able to go back to the UK and either start making plans or

0:41:260:41:30

just say, "Right, that's the end of the dream.

0:41:300:41:32

"Let's get on with life here in the UK."

0:41:320:41:34

So, it is really important to make the decision today

0:41:340:41:36

and I'm hoping it'll be the right decision for our family.

0:41:360:41:39

OK, it's time to call it.

0:41:390:41:42

After an amazing week here in Australia, it's time for our final vote.

0:41:420:41:45

-Australia!

-Australia!

0:41:530:41:55

SHE GIGGLES

0:41:550:41:57

Everything that I've talked about over the years,

0:42:010:42:04

I think you've seen for yourself now and the great country it is,

0:42:040:42:07

a great lifestyle we could have and the fantastic upbringing Albie

0:42:070:42:10

-could have over here.

-He's such a happy child being outside,

0:42:100:42:15

and that's what we want for him.

0:42:150:42:17

I know I'll miss family and friends,

0:42:170:42:18

but this is a great country for them to come and visit.

0:42:180:42:21

I'm so happy that you voted Australia.

0:42:210:42:23

Albie, Mummy and Daddy just voted and we're very happy,

0:42:280:42:32

and we're going to come and live in Australia.

0:42:320:42:34

-Are you happy?

-Yes.

0:42:340:42:36

-Yes!

-Where do you want to live?

-Where do you want to live?

0:42:360:42:38

-Stay here.

-You want to stay here?

-You want to stay here?

-Yes.

0:42:380:42:42

In the end, the decision was unanimous.

0:42:430:42:47

Albie is the centre of their universe and life down under

0:42:470:42:51

offers him so many more opportunities to thrive.

0:42:510:42:55

Yes, there'll be tears and trauma along the way,

0:42:550:42:58

but it's a very happy and excited family that is heading back

0:42:580:43:02

to the UK to plan their big move.

0:43:020:43:05

And whatever happens next, we wish the Myburghs the very best of luck

0:43:050:43:09

and, of course, we'll be keeping an eye on where they eventually end up.

0:43:090:43:14

Young Albie Myburgh is the apple of his parents' eyes. He has a rare genetic disorder, fragile X syndrome, which causes developmental problems that his mum and dad believe lessen in the warmth of the sun. To give him the best possible chance, Jayne is determined to take her young son to Australia - a place she has yearned to live in for a long time.

No stranger to hot climates himself, South Africa-born Eugene is well aware of his wife's dreams but needs more than a promise of sunshine to convince him he should move to the other side of the world. He is fearful the family would be throwing away the wonderful network of love and support they currently have from friends and family in the UK if they were to go.

A week in the Brisbane sunshine lets the Myburghs see if the benefits of the Australian lifestyle can make up for the emotional upheaval of leaving family behind before we ask them to make the life defining decision as to where their future lies.