Can horticulturalist Richard Bond and his wife Louise convince daughter Jenna, who has university plans in the UK, to move to Darwin?
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Welcome to Wanted Down Under, the show that catapults a British family right across the world
to help them make the biggest decision of their life.
Richard and Louise Bond from Cheshire have always dreamed of moving Down Under.
Both, for different reasons, find British weather a pain.
I've got the best job in the world when it's sunny. When the weather's terrible, it really gets you down.
Mum Louise's arthritis means that the cold and damp leave her in constant agony.
I'm looking for a better quality of life. If I can do a bit more,
then that has a positive impact on my family.
Mr Sunshine needs to come out more.
The Bonds think Australia offers 17-year-old Jenna and 11-year-old Dana a better lifestyle
-and a brighter future.
-I love the lifestyle. I was in a waterfall. It was amazing.
But Jenna won't even entertain the idea of leaving the UK.
-Most people want to come here, but I'm not most people.
-No, you're BLEEP awkward!
Neither Richard nor Louise can imagine leaving Jenna behind. She's determined not to make the move.
So will that leave the Bond family's plans in tatters? Or will they press ahead with a move Down Under?
For many, the European credit crunch means that Australia's sunshine looks even more inviting.
Anyone who is under 45 and on a skills shortage list
could head Down Under ahead of the queue.
Last year, around 60 Brits a day leapt at the chance, but how tough was that decision?
How carefully did they think it through?
We've given another 20 families the chance of a lifetime -
a week to test a lifestyle Down Under. Then they get to vote.
Will they stay in the UK or will they move to Australia?
Richard, a garden centre manager, and Louise, who's been medically retired following spinal surgery,
have been thinking about moving from Cheshire to Australia.
It's a country that is developing. It's a young country, a relaxed country.
Everyone knows that this country is busy.
The roads are packed.
Louise lives with a serious degenerative condition. She's had arthritis since childhood,
but things recently got a lot worse.
I had an exploratory operation and I didn't get out of a wheelchair after that, so I was housebound
and in a lot of pain. That not only affected me, but the family.
I had surgery, which was rebuilding my spine with titanium,
and it took me two years or so to learn to walk again.
The weather in the UK has a profound effect on their day-to-day lives.
I get very affected by the damp and cold. I'm in my thirties now.
How bad am I going to get? What am I going to be like here in my 60s and 70s?
I'm a very determined person and try to make the most out of every day.
It's very difficult in this environment.
They crave a warmer climate, which they feel might improve Louise's quality of life.
-When you go on holiday to the Med, after a week of warm weather...
-..we're playing water polo.
Not walking without crutches, but walking distances and feeling better.
Louise's condition affects her whole family.
I'd like to be able to do more with them. You don't get that time back.
I want that to start happening now.
For Dana, life in Australia offers a better future, but Jenna's future is mapped out -
-and it doesn't involve moving to the other side of the world.
-I want them to go. I really do.
If they don't go, it'll be my fault. I'd be the one stopping them.
But England's my home and where I belong.
Leaving my family and my friends and just your whole life behind is something I don't want to do.
We would never do anything that's not right for all of us.
There's got to be more to life than this and, yes, that could take us to the other side of the world.
To help the Bonds make a decision, we offered them the challenge of a lifetime -
a week in Darwin with the climate to suit Louise to find out if it would be right for them.
We've found three different lifestyle for them to sample -
one in the country, one in the city and one on the coast -
each one with the offer of a job and a brand-new way of life for them to enjoy on their budget.
First, the country lifestyle.
The countryside around Darwin is bursting with lush bush
and a rich variety of plant life.
You could get the size of house you're looking for - a four-bedroom, detached house with a pool -
on your budget of £200,000. Work prospects are good
and you could earn about £28,000.
Darryl South has his own nursery and is keen to show you around.
We grow a very broad range of trees, shrubs, ground covers, palms,
and we export to all places in Australia and overseas.
This is a great part of the world. Where the plant world is concerned, it's quite challenging.
A huge variety grows here.
It's a great relaxed lifestyle. It beats the hum and drum of big cities. Please come and see us.
That's the kind of lifestyle they could enjoy in the country.
Let's look at what's possible in the city on their budget.
Darwin offers a metropolitan lifestyle, with art and culture,
but property in the Northern Territory's capital isn't cheap.
High-rise living is common and apartments suit most budgets.
Otherwise, you might be looking at spending £500,000 for a four-bedroom detached house.
We found you a job in this nursery, which would pay around £21,000.
-Here's owner Helmut Schmill.
-Hello, Richard. We're going to show you round.
Helmut's place might suit you as it's retail AND wholesale,
growing 95% of their own plants.
People in Darwin are extremely friendly.
That's the reason I stay here. I came for a Boy Scout jamboree in 1967
and see how long I've stayed here? I started a business here.
The same could happen to you.
Their lifestyle could shape up pretty well in the city,
but what about a new life on the coast?
Darwin's coastline includes a range of relaxed havens
and offers a laidback waterfront lifestyle. Homes within walking distance of the beach are expensive.
A three-bedroom townhouse will cost from £250,000.
Living on the seaboard would be a stretch on a salary of around £23,000,
but you'd be rewarded with stunning views of Darwin harbour and the tropical Timor Sea.
-The owner of this nursery is Simon Smith.
-Hello, Richard. Welcome to my premises.
We grow a range of plants, ornamentals and palms.
We supply the local retailers and send some plants interstate.
Your expertise would be handy.
So, Richard, Oscar my dog and I would love to meet you.
We have a great outdoor lifestyle, plenty of cold beer in the fridge,
and a great team here.
So there are three potential lifestyles to try -
in the more affordable country,
in Darwin itself, where you could have a spacious apartment,
or at the coast's beach culture and stunning sea views, but with a squeeze on your finances.
Three very different possibilities for our family to try. Which one suited them best?
The Bonds flew off to try the country lifestyle near Darwin
with a lot on their minds.
Richard's determined they will all go or none of them will.
Jenna's equally determined to stay put, but doesn't want to hold the others back.
The week ahead promises to be something of a rollercoaster. And the fun has already started.
After a 22-hour flight, the Bonds touch down at 4am.
-Two hours later, they're only just putting in an appearance and something's missing.
All the cases have gone, my wheelchair, none of them arrived. All we've got is our hand luggage.
We were so delayed from Heathrow, we missed our connection and got put on the wrong flight.
-Our bags have gone during that changeover.
-But they're undeterred.
-Get my bags and I'll be happy!
-They're anxious to see what Australia might hold for them
and are determined to find out if they can afford a better life here.
They're staying in a traditional house in a leafy part of Darwin.
-Oh, we've got hammocks!
-This is lovely, this. It's beautiful.
It has everything they'll need, including the all-important pool,
but to get to it, they'll have to brave the local wildlife.
What is that? There!
As the sun rises, so do tensions about the week ahead.
Excited, trepidatious, don't know what to expect,
but this is a part of Australia that we've not heard much about.
So it's an adventure for us. We'll see what happens.
If the bags turn up, everything will be perfect.
If they don't, I'll never hear the last of it from Louise.
But Louise's worries are weighing heavily on changing Jenna's mind and keeping the family together.
It's actually quite nice.
I'm doing this, then going home.
And that's home as in England.
'Jenna's actually very laidback at the moment, a lot more relaxed than I expected her to.'
I really want it to go well
so that the rest of the family have an experience of what I hope Australia is like.
I really got a good vibe when I arrived. Everybody is so friendly.
We've only met Customs and Immigration people, but they were really nice and this is lovely.
I can't believe how light it has got. It was dark about 20 minutes ago.
It was nice to arrive at that time of the morning.
There's a little time now to enjoy the simple pleasures,
but things are about to get a lot more complicated.
In the UK, the Bonds live in a four-bedroom detached house in rural Cheshire
They all feel very much at home there and would happily stay there
if they had reliable weather. If they move to Australia, they'd look to spend around £200,000,
including a mortgage.
But prices in Australia are on the rise and in Darwin, particularly, property is booming.
It won't buy them the five bedrooms and swimming pool they were dreaming of.
Taking all that into account, we've lined up three houses for the Bonds to view.
Property one is in Palmerston, a town a short commute from Darwin.
It's got three bedrooms and two bathrooms and will cost the Bonds 390,000 -
that's just over £180,000 and within their price range.
It's quite big, isn't it?
-Nice big kitchen.
-That's not bad, is it? There's plenty of room to move.
-Which is nice.
Let's have a look at the bedroom.
Unusually, the master bedroom is right next door to the living room.
Down the corridor are two more bedrooms for Dana and Jenna, if they can persuade her to move.
It's a nice house. Maybe it's not OUR house, something we'd be looking for.
-I don't like it!
-You've got to have an open mind. It's the other side of the world.
No, I'm not expecting our house here.
You just get a feel of a house when you walk in.
It's a lovely family home, but it's not ours.
It's got all we need in it. It's got, like, the right bedrooms.
So it's not the...ideal home, but it's got the stuff we need.
You're right. Very diplomatic again.
Em, well, I'd only be visiting, so...
Well, at least she'd visit. Maybe the garden can bring her round.
It's a good size and would give them a connection with the outside.
-I just love this living outside.
-That's what I wanted.
Just to be able to bring out your cornflakes or breakfast
and listen to the world wake up. Fantastic.
You don't want to spend time inside.
-What do we do? We put the telly on.
-Just to do something.
To sit out would be great.
Doing physiotherapy on the balcony every morning, I'd soon see a difference in moving around.
The outdoor lifestyle is just what the doctor ordered, but could they see themselves living here?
It's a bit out of the way. I think, obviously, for our budget, we couldn't live in Darwin.
It's too expensive. So we'd have to work on that. Cos that's where I want to be.
-You'd have to work really hard!
-Thanks so much!
Doesn't he anyway?
Oh, dear. If they can't find somewhere suitable and at the right price,
their thoughts of moving could evaporate before they even start.
Maybe Louise will be more comfortable this far from Darwin if she felt more at home.
Also in Palmerston, property two is certainly unusual.
Architect-designed and with some unique features, this would set the Bonds back 450,000,
or around £210,000. It has a distinctly tropical feel which draws them straight to the pool.
Imagine sitting in there after a day at the nursery or the garden centre or whatever. Great.
-You couldn't dive in it, though!
-You can walk into it after a hard day's work like you'll never know.
I would jump into it! It's got to be bigger than that.
Maybe we should take a look inside. I've got a feeling this is more up their street.
Oh, wow. That's wicked.
It's really unusual, isn't it?
-It's so cool, and no fans are going.
-It's lovely. I love it.
-The breakfast bar, I really like. It's really big.
-We'll have this.
-This is good.
-Don't need to see the rest!
-Yeah, this is lovely.
-We'd quite like to look around, actually, Richard!
To get to the rest of the house, you have to pass through a hallway which opens up completely,
-bringing you closer to the garden.
This is just really nice.
You can imagine whatever type of day it is sitting at the breakfast bar
or coming here to look out.
You're happy now? I am, yeah.
-I was a bit worried.
Mum's sold so far, but what about Jenna?
-Better than the last one?
-Would you move in with us?
-It's not a no.
-I'm still visiting.
-OK, we're working.
No, you're not. I'm still visiting.
But that's not anything to do with the house.
I think everybody needs some space and that's what Aussie houses have.
Two separate areas - one for adults, one for kids.
It's almost like two houses. The parents' side and the kids' side.
And out there, there's a little lounge where you can chill and stuff with your friends.
I like that. You're away from your parents and you've got your own living space and bathroom,
your own lounge and TV, and you've got your own bedroom. The whole place is kind of cool.
I didn't see any big bedroom, so you're away from the parents and could play your music loud.
-You do anyway!
-But it's a nice thought. She can play her music.
Out of earshot of Jenna's stereo, the master bedroom has one mod con that Richard takes a shine to.
Oh, yes. Oh, yes.
I like that. Wine in the fridge in the bedroom. Dangerous.
I like this. This is brilliant.
Yeah, this is cool. I like this.
Richard already feels at home, although the £210,000 asking price
puts the house at the top end of their budget.
We love it. It's good. We really like it.
We like the two sides to the house to separate ourselves a little bit.
The kitchen's more like the living room.
-You could have another TV in there.
And leave the other side for the kids to live in.
I can't believe how big it is. It's really quite a big house.
It doesn't look it from the outside, but it really is.
I'd say that was pretty successful overall. A beautiful house they could just about afford,
but although it offers the country lifestyle, is it too remote?
So for a taste of city property, house number three is in Nightcliff, an extremely desirable area.
Old by local standards, this four-bedroom house is from the 1960s
and has been completely renovated. The Bonds would need a cool 650,000
or roughly £300,000 to make this their home.
Really nice. Wow.
-This is... This is it. God, this is amazing.
-This can't possibly be in our budget.
-Absolutely gorgeous house. Absolutely fantastic.
I don't think this is your typical Australian house. Unbelievable.
It's lovely. Beautifully decorated. Just up my street.
Although out of their price range on one salary, if Louise finds the climate lets her to go back to work,
-this is a property they could aspire to.
-There's an office here.
-I could see myself working in here.
-Yes, I like this room.
It's great. Perfect for you.
Plenty of light here. All the windows, natural light.
This would be perfect. Absolutely perfect, yeah.
I could definitely set up here. it's brilliant.
This is good.
You could make this into a den for your friends.
We would need a spare room anyway to have family over.
We haven't found that as yet in the houses we've seen. There's been nowhere.
-This wouldn't persuade you?
-Oh, this is going to go on...
-I just can't wait to go home.
-Oh, my Lord!
-I can't wait to go home.
What is it with this age group? They've got to open their minds.
-Most people probably want to come here, but I'm not most people.
-No, you're BLEEP awkward!
If Jenna's not careful, they won't let her come and visit.
Dana, on the other hand, is more excited than ever.
Oh, my God!
Oh, my word!
-Has this bathroom been made for me or what?
-This is outdoors...
-An outdoor bathroom!
Well, with its £300,000 price tag, this house was always going to offer something a bit special.
And, finally, the icing on the cake. A huge garden with a beautiful pool.
-That is gorgeous.
-That is really gorgeous. A lovely garden, isn't it?
This is an entertaining garden.
But with such luxuries in their sights, some hard questions need answering.
Can they make the sums add up to buy a dream life in the sun?
This is what we'd love to have, but we couldn't afford it.
Maybe Darwin isn't the place for us, but we do need this climate.
The way I see it is I wouldn't improve at home.
My consultant has told me if I'm not off the sticks now, I'll never get off them.
But if I went somewhere where the climate is better
and I could exercise outside, I could actually prove him wrong. But everybody's got to be happy.
I'm not going to be totally selfish where I force anybody to go where they don't want to go.
The Bond family's future Down Under hangs in the balance.
With so much to offer, Australia seems to be slipping through their fingers. If Richard can't find work
and Jenna can't be persuaded to move, Louise's dream could be shattered. Something's got to give.
They didn't like the layout of property one or its distance from the city.
Property two was more to their taste, but again too remote.
And the third was a dream house, way beyond their means as a one-income family.
So how will they vote - for a property in the UK or in Australia?
Our vote goes to...
-The tables have turned, with Richard and Louise voting with Jenna for the UK
and Dana, she's on her own.
Back in the UK, Richard's busy job as manager of a garden centre leaves very little time for family life.
He hopes that in Australia he'll find a better balance.
Day Two and it's time for Richard to experience working Down Under first hand.
With property prices so high, can Richard find a job that allows more family time and pays the mortgage?
When we're back in the UK, don't get me wrong, I do love my job. I really do.
But the work is dictated by the weather. That's one of the advantages of coming to Oz.
This morning I didn't have to check the weather. Just put my shorts on and off we go to work.
And getting to my time of life, with family life and what have you, I want more time with the family.
And I don't want to be as depressed as I have been back home, but...
I'm here to change that. Hopefully!
While Richard explores his job prospects, an exhausted Louise is in need of a gentler day.
-Good morning. Hello.
-Morning. How are you today?
-Fine, thank you. We'll feel more wonderful when you finish with us!
Richard is spending time working with Darryl South at his plant wholesale company.
It's a huge nursery covering 40 acres, selling mainly to the trade all over Australia and beyond.
-Good morning, sir!
-Ah, good morning, Richard. Nice to meet you.
-And you, sir.
-I'm all yours for the day.
Darryl's been in the business man and boy, so Richard could hardly be in better hands.
So at the moment you've been in a retail nursery.
-What was your day to day job?
-It's very customer-based.
It's something I do enjoy. You get good customers, as you know, and bad customers.
Sometimes the bad customers come all in one day.
With being a grower as well, I love looking after the plants.
By watering them by hand, you see what else needs done.
There's actually two areas I would be interested in.
One is an actual sales person involved in sales,
and we'll show you shortly a brand-new sales office over here.
And the other one is management and production, if you come that way.
That's a pretty good start. They seem to have hit it off.
While Richard's getting his hands dirty, the girls are wondering how Dad's doing.
Because my mum can't work, he's the only one bringing money in.
So it's definitely vital that he works, but I think it's more vital that he likes his job.
I wouldn't want to move and him not like it.
He always comes home really stressed and stuff, so it would be nice for him to also relax
and to enjoy where he is and what he's doing and for everything to be perfect for him.
That would be really nice. That would be good.
Darryl's business is blossoming and Richard can picture himself as part of that future.
You can make a living here, for sure. I think there's a lot you can learn as well from this guy.
If I need to know about plants up here, and is passionate about plants, it's nice to meet somebody.
I think he could be a pretty good teacher. I really do.
I get goose pimples just thinking about it.
Even Jenna would concede that life in Darwin looks pretty good,
but if Richard and Darryl can't come to a deal about salary, any chance of moving would be impossible.
-There's opportunities for you.
-What kind of salary?
I don't know. We'd have to discuss that.
I'm sort of... I've got a house there that you could use and live in.
That would be part of the package as far as I'm concerned.
That's promising, especially with house prices being so high,
-but let's cut to the chase.
-All those things, I'm saying yes.
-You know, you've got a bit to think about.
-Just a bit!
-That sounds good to me. We'll see how you go, Richard.
-Thank you very much, sir.
-We'll talk to you again.
It all sounds encouraging, but Richard still has to vote.
UK or Australia?
UK - I love my job, I really do. Best job in the world at times, but also the worst job in the world.
And look around. It's just stunning. The plants, the foliage,
the people, the lifestyle...
After all consideration, I've got to give it...
Things are looking pretty positive for the Bonds. All that remains is for their luggage to turn up.
Thank you very much indeed. Bye-bye. ..Hallelujah!
Our bags have been found. They're not in Japan.
I'm just overwhelmed that we've got clothes, all our clothes back.
We've got the hair straighteners!
-And my flip-flops!
-Oh, I've got my flip-flops!
Hundreds of firefighters have been tackling bush fires in Australia...
In recent years, parts of Australia have been stricken by large bush fires,
which have threatened life and property. In the north, fires are an accepted part of the landscape.
Dick Williams, a government environmental scientist, tells us more.
Bush fires have been part of the Australian landscape for millions of years,
tens of thousands of years for people. Fire is used as a land management tool.
People go out deliberately to use fire in the landscape to achieve particular ends.
One of those ends is to break up the country, remove fuel,
so that on days of high fire danger, if there is an ignition, there is some control
that can be gained over fires.
Lorraine Williams works for a green organisation and is one of the local people.
We have been burning this country for a long time so we can produce new growth for our animals.
Sometimes it can be for ceremonial purposes, for cleaning up spirits.
Fires are an important part of our habitat. Plants need it, animals also need it.
It's important for us to live together with fire.
The bush has got a remarkable capacity to regenerate.
There are plants that need fire to germinate. They are hard-seeded and the fire cracks the seed.
What does this mean for somebody coming here? Well, you'll see fires.
If you're here in the dry season, it'll be part of the deal.
Richard and Louise Bond from Cheshire and younger daughter Dana
are becoming convinced that moving to Australia is the key to a better life for the whole family,
but 17-year-old Jenna has plans of her own.
I'm so against it. Australia's probably a great place,
but here I've got family, friends. I wouldn't change that ever.
You're BLEEP awkward!
Richard's confident that he could find work easily enough.
-We'll see how you go, Richard.
But Darwin's sky-high property prices mean their dreams of a large house with a pool look unrealistic.
This is what we'd love to have, but I don't think we could afford it.
Maybe Darwin isn't the place for us.
We do need this climate, though.
It's been a tough week so far and it can only get tougher.
Life Down Under for the Bonds could go either way,
but an important part of living happily anywhere is a strong social network.
When you're thousands of miles away from your family, friends take on a new significance.
17-year-old Jenna's adamant she won't leave her friends behind,
even if it means breaking up the family, something Richard and Louise realise they may have to accept.
She's at that age where she needs to be selfish for herself
and get her life in the direction she wants to go,
which, from her point of view, it's selfish of us to move out here.
Three of us want to go, one doesn't. We can't stay in the UK
-and not progress with our lives.
-No, we can't put our life on hold just for Jenna now.
The opportunity for reflection away from the others
has brought Jenna's underlying reason for staying to the surface.
Since I was 11, I've looked after my mum. That's why I'm against it.
I'm trying to do what I want to do now.
I want to finally get the chance to do what I want.
I've put my life on hold.
I'm the oldest, so I was always looking after my mum. Now I've been here and relaxed,
it's a great place, and Mum's been independent. She doesn't need me any more.
So I can just go back home and do my degree
and stay close with the family.
Maybe Jenna really is unshakable, but it seems that Richard and Louise have shifted their position
and could be resigned to moving without her, but how will they feel
when they hear from people they'll be leaving behind?
On their last day in Oz, it's time for the Bonds to hear the thoughts of their friends and family.
'Missing you already.'
'And I mean that, but we really want you to experience
'the whole caboodle and give it a good go.
'He's got a fabulous sense of humour
'and sometimes you don't really realise how deep he is
-'because he puts on a jovial front.
-We'd describe him like a swan.
'On the surface, very calm, but underneath paddling like mad
'just to keep going. He's working a lot of hours just to keep ends meeting.
-'I know Louise would be much better in a warm climate.
-But we're part of her support network.
'From the very beginning, you protect your children and sometimes you can't
'and you feel really quite... frustrated at times in private.
-'I've had many a weep.
-Jenna, she's like family.
'I could not ask for a better person.
'She's been there for me since day one and always has been.
'Once Jenna told me and I actually took it in,
'I'm going to admit this now, I actually did cry.
'I burst into tears. I would not talk to anyone. They're a big part of my life.
'Hope you've had a wonderful time.
'We love all four of you so very, very much.
'I'm finding this quite difficult, really, but if you did decide to go,
'I couldn't really describe
'how much we would miss you, but we wish you all the very best and...
'you know, I hope you in the end make a decision that's right for you.'
Don't know what to say now.
You all right?
It's, like, hard to see people and family just...
I mean, seeing my nana crying.
When people are around and you can see them whenever you like, you sometimes take them for granted.
When there's distance, and they come out for long periods and know they're going home,
they'll probably have, you know, quality time.
They want the best for us.
They know how good this would be for us. As they do, we just want the best for all our kids.
As long as Richard has his parents coming and my parents come...
Just for a day or two would be fine.
-I'm joking, Mum and Dad! I'm joking.
-I'm going home.
You're going home?
Although family back home is hugely important for Jenna, her reasons for staying are more complicated.
Are you OK?
I just can't wait to go home now. I want to be there, not the other side of the world.
I reckon it's the right time. I've looked after you
and not really been going out.
I've been like the carer and things like that.
I can concentrate on my uni and being near my friends
and spend time with family.
-So I won't be a burden to you any more.
-That sounds mean, but yeah.
-Not that you are, but...
Jenna's feelings seem to have come as a bit of a blow to Louise and add a new dimension
-to her reasons for wanting to stay in the UK.
-I'm not naive to think she doesn't do an awful lot for me.
All three of them do.
I didn't realise she felt that way and that makes me feel really bad.
I almost felt like a burden to her then. She's looking for freedom. That's really not good.
Everyone's been pretty shaken, first by the video, then by Jenna's startling revelation.
Having believed they could persuade Jenna to move to Australia, they can see her mind is made up.
Their plans for the future might not include her.
The Bonds have come to the end of their week in Australia. For Richard, it's been a huge challenge.
I thought it'd be a holiday.
This has been hard work this week.
But it's been the kind of work I needed to do to find the place and understand the place.
For Louise, there were a few surprises.
House prices are quite expensive.
What we've got at home is better than we could see for our money here.
Work was amazing.
The job has got to be right. Without a job, we're not coming. It's as simple as that.
Dana's noticed a change in her mum.
She's a lot better out here. It's nice to see her enjoy herself cos she's not in pain.
So it's just a nice feeling of her being happy.
Richard said I've not stopped smiling since we got here. I don't always do that at home.
I don't always feel great.
But hanging over everything is the prospect of leaving Jenna behind.
I'd really miss her if she didn't come. It's hard to think she wouldn't be here,
but you've got win some and lose some. You win by my mum and my dad being more happy,
-but you lose my sister.
-It's crunch time. After a week of hard work and strong emotions,
the Bonds are faced with a terrible dilemma. If they choose Australia for a better quality of life,
they run the risk of losing a daughter. So will they vote to move to Oz or stay in the UK?
After spending a week in Darwin, we are going to vote for either staying in Australia
or staying in the UK. So whatever our vote is...
-Oh, dear. They're still split.
Their week in Australia has done nothing to alter Jenna's mind.
How do they find a way forward?
I trust Jenna. She's not a stupid kid. She knows what she wants.
You've got to go for what you want. We're not going to stop her.
What I will definitely do is put money in a pot so if she needs me, for whatever reason,
on the next flight I'll be there. Or if she wants to come here, the money will be in a pot.
But we'll do what we have to do.
I still wish she would give it a go, but she seems adamant that she's not.
I'd be far happier if we were the four. We're not just three, we're four.
I'd be happier if we were all together.
So the Bonds have decided their future lies in different places.
Jenna was unconvinced Australia can make up for what she'd leave behind,
but for the others their destiny lies where they're wanted Down Under.
Join us next time as another British family must decide whether to go where they're Wanted Down Under.
Subtitles by Subtext for Red Bee Media Ltd - 2009
Horticulturalist Richard Bond is fed up with the British weather wrecking his plants. Wife Louise is recovering from spinal surgery and longs for life in a warmer climate. Their younger daughter Dana is on board for a trial week in Darwin. But it is older daughter Jenna, who has university plans in the UK, who does not want to go.
Presented by Nicki Chapman.