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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

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to help them make the biggest decision of their life.

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Richard and Louise Bond from Cheshire have always dreamed of moving Down Under.

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Both, for different reasons, find British weather a pain.

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I've got the best job in the world when it's sunny. When the weather's terrible, it really gets you down.

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Mum Louise's arthritis means that the cold and damp leave her in constant agony.

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I'm looking for a better quality of life. If I can do a bit more,

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then that has a positive impact on my family.

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Mr Sunshine needs to come out more.

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The Bonds think Australia offers 17-year-old Jenna and 11-year-old Dana a better lifestyle

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-and a brighter future.

-I love the lifestyle. I was in a waterfall. It was amazing.

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But Jenna won't even entertain the idea of leaving the UK.

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-Most people want to come here, but I'm not most people.

-No, you're BLEEP awkward!

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Neither Richard nor Louise can imagine leaving Jenna behind. She's determined not to make the move.

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So will that leave the Bond family's plans in tatters? Or will they press ahead with a move Down Under?

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For many, the European credit crunch means that Australia's sunshine looks even more inviting.

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Anyone who is under 45 and on a skills shortage list

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could head Down Under ahead of the queue.

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Last year, around 60 Brits a day leapt at the chance, but how tough was that decision?

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How carefully did they think it through?

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We've given another 20 families the chance of a lifetime -

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a week to test a lifestyle Down Under. Then they get to vote.

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Will they stay in the UK or will they move to Australia?

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Richard, a garden centre manager, and Louise, who's been medically retired following spinal surgery,

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have been thinking about moving from Cheshire to Australia.

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It's a country that is developing. It's a young country, a relaxed country.

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Everyone knows that this country is busy.

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The roads are packed.

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Louise lives with a serious degenerative condition. She's had arthritis since childhood,

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but things recently got a lot worse.

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I had an exploratory operation and I didn't get out of a wheelchair after that, so I was housebound

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and in a lot of pain. That not only affected me, but the family.

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I had surgery, which was rebuilding my spine with titanium,

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and it took me two years or so to learn to walk again.

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The weather in the UK has a profound effect on their day-to-day lives.

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I get very affected by the damp and cold. I'm in my thirties now.

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How bad am I going to get? What am I going to be like here in my 60s and 70s?

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I'm a very determined person and try to make the most out of every day.

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It's very difficult in this environment.

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They crave a warmer climate, which they feel might improve Louise's quality of life.

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-When you go on holiday to the Med, after a week of warm weather...

-And swimming.

-..we're playing water polo.

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Not walking without crutches, but walking distances and feeling better.

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Louise's condition affects her whole family.

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I'd like to be able to do more with them. You don't get that time back.

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I want that to start happening now.

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For Dana, life in Australia offers a better future, but Jenna's future is mapped out -

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-and it doesn't involve moving to the other side of the world.

-I want them to go. I really do.

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If they don't go, it'll be my fault. I'd be the one stopping them.

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But England's my home and where I belong.

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Leaving my family and my friends and just your whole life behind is something I don't want to do.

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We would never do anything that's not right for all of us.

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There's got to be more to life than this and, yes, that could take us to the other side of the world.

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To help the Bonds make a decision, we offered them the challenge of a lifetime -

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a week in Darwin with the climate to suit Louise to find out if it would be right for them.

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We've found three different lifestyle for them to sample -

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one in the country, one in the city and one on the coast -

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each one with the offer of a job and a brand-new way of life for them to enjoy on their budget.

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First, the country lifestyle.

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The countryside around Darwin is bursting with lush bush

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and a rich variety of plant life.

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You could get the size of house you're looking for - a four-bedroom, detached house with a pool -

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on your budget of £200,000. Work prospects are good

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and you could earn about £28,000.

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Darryl South has his own nursery and is keen to show you around.

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We grow a very broad range of trees, shrubs, ground covers, palms,

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and we export to all places in Australia and overseas.

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This is a great part of the world. Where the plant world is concerned, it's quite challenging.

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A huge variety grows here.

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It's a great relaxed lifestyle. It beats the hum and drum of big cities. Please come and see us.

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That's the kind of lifestyle they could enjoy in the country.

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Let's look at what's possible in the city on their budget.

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Darwin offers a metropolitan lifestyle, with art and culture,

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but property in the Northern Territory's capital isn't cheap.

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High-rise living is common and apartments suit most budgets.

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Otherwise, you might be looking at spending £500,000 for a four-bedroom detached house.

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We found you a job in this nursery, which would pay around £21,000.

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-Here's owner Helmut Schmill.

-Hello, Richard. We're going to show you round.

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Helmut's place might suit you as it's retail AND wholesale,

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growing 95% of their own plants.

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People in Darwin are extremely friendly.

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That's the reason I stay here. I came for a Boy Scout jamboree in 1967

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and see how long I've stayed here? I started a business here.

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The same could happen to you.

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Their lifestyle could shape up pretty well in the city,

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but what about a new life on the coast?

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Darwin's coastline includes a range of relaxed havens

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and offers a laidback waterfront lifestyle. Homes within walking distance of the beach are expensive.

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A three-bedroom townhouse will cost from £250,000.

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Living on the seaboard would be a stretch on a salary of around £23,000,

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but you'd be rewarded with stunning views of Darwin harbour and the tropical Timor Sea.

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-The owner of this nursery is Simon Smith.

-Hello, Richard. Welcome to my premises.

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We grow a range of plants, ornamentals and palms.

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We supply the local retailers and send some plants interstate.

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Your expertise would be handy.

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So, Richard, Oscar my dog and I would love to meet you.

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We have a great outdoor lifestyle, plenty of cold beer in the fridge,

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and a great team here.

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So there are three potential lifestyles to try -

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in the more affordable country,

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in Darwin itself, where you could have a spacious apartment,

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or at the coast's beach culture and stunning sea views, but with a squeeze on your finances.

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Three very different possibilities for our family to try. Which one suited them best?

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The Bonds flew off to try the country lifestyle near Darwin

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with a lot on their minds.

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Richard's determined they will all go or none of them will.

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Jenna's equally determined to stay put, but doesn't want to hold the others back.

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The week ahead promises to be something of a rollercoaster. And the fun has already started.

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After a 22-hour flight, the Bonds touch down at 4am.

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-Two hours later, they're only just putting in an appearance and something's missing.

-No luggage!

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All the cases have gone, my wheelchair, none of them arrived. All we've got is our hand luggage.

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We were so delayed from Heathrow, we missed our connection and got put on the wrong flight.

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-Our bags have gone during that changeover.

-But they're undeterred.

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-Get my bags and I'll be happy!

-They're anxious to see what Australia might hold for them

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and are determined to find out if they can afford a better life here.

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They're staying in a traditional house in a leafy part of Darwin.

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-Oh, we've got hammocks!

-This is lovely, this. It's beautiful.

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It has everything they'll need, including the all-important pool,

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but to get to it, they'll have to brave the local wildlife.

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What is that? There!

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As the sun rises, so do tensions about the week ahead.

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Excited, trepidatious, don't know what to expect,

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but this is a part of Australia that we've not heard much about.

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So it's an adventure for us. We'll see what happens.

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If the bags turn up, everything will be perfect.

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If they don't, I'll never hear the last of it from Louise.

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But Louise's worries are weighing heavily on changing Jenna's mind and keeping the family together.

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It's actually quite nice.

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I'm doing this, then going home.

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And that's home as in England.

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'Jenna's actually very laidback at the moment, a lot more relaxed than I expected her to.'

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I really want it to go well

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so that the rest of the family have an experience of what I hope Australia is like.

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I really got a good vibe when I arrived. Everybody is so friendly.

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We've only met Customs and Immigration people, but they were really nice and this is lovely.

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I can't believe how light it has got. It was dark about 20 minutes ago.

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It was nice to arrive at that time of the morning.

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There's a little time now to enjoy the simple pleasures,

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but things are about to get a lot more complicated.

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In the UK, the Bonds live in a four-bedroom detached house in rural Cheshire

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worth £185,000.

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They all feel very much at home there and would happily stay there

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if they had reliable weather. If they move to Australia, they'd look to spend around £200,000,

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including a mortgage.

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But prices in Australia are on the rise and in Darwin, particularly, property is booming.

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It won't buy them the five bedrooms and swimming pool they were dreaming of.

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Taking all that into account, we've lined up three houses for the Bonds to view.

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Property one is in Palmerston, a town a short commute from Darwin.

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It's got three bedrooms and two bathrooms and will cost the Bonds 390,000 -

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that's just over £180,000 and within their price range.

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It's quite big, isn't it?

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-Nice big kitchen.

-Yeah.

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-That's not bad, is it? There's plenty of room to move.

-Yeah.

-Which is nice.

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Let's have a look at the bedroom.

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Unusually, the master bedroom is right next door to the living room.

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Down the corridor are two more bedrooms for Dana and Jenna, if they can persuade her to move.

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It's a nice house. Maybe it's not OUR house, something we'd be looking for.

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-I don't like it!

-You've got to have an open mind. It's the other side of the world.

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No, I'm not expecting our house here.

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You just get a feel of a house when you walk in.

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It's a lovely family home, but it's not ours.

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It's got all we need in it. It's got, like, the right bedrooms.

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So it's not the...ideal home, but it's got the stuff we need.

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You're right. Very diplomatic again.

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Jenna?

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Em, well, I'd only be visiting, so...

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Well, at least she'd visit. Maybe the garden can bring her round.

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It's a good size and would give them a connection with the outside.

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-I just love this living outside.

-That's what I wanted.

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Just to be able to bring out your cornflakes or breakfast

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and listen to the world wake up. Fantastic.

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You don't want to spend time inside.

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-What do we do? We put the telly on.

-I know.

-Just to do something.

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To sit out would be great.

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Doing physiotherapy on the balcony every morning, I'd soon see a difference in moving around.

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The outdoor lifestyle is just what the doctor ordered, but could they see themselves living here?

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It's a bit out of the way. I think, obviously, for our budget, we couldn't live in Darwin.

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It's too expensive. So we'd have to work on that. Cos that's where I want to be.

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-You'd have to work really hard!

-Thanks so much!

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Doesn't he anyway?

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Oh, dear. If they can't find somewhere suitable and at the right price,

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their thoughts of moving could evaporate before they even start.

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Maybe Louise will be more comfortable this far from Darwin if she felt more at home.

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Wow!

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Also in Palmerston, property two is certainly unusual.

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Architect-designed and with some unique features, this would set the Bonds back 450,000,

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or around £210,000. It has a distinctly tropical feel which draws them straight to the pool.

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Imagine sitting in there after a day at the nursery or the garden centre or whatever. Great.

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-You couldn't dive in it, though!

-You can walk into it after a hard day's work like you'll never know.

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I would jump into it! It's got to be bigger than that.

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Maybe we should take a look inside. I've got a feeling this is more up their street.

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Oh, wow. That's wicked.

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It's really unusual, isn't it?

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Really different.

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-It's so cool, and no fans are going.

-It's lovely. I love it.

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-The breakfast bar, I really like. It's really big.

-We'll have this.

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-That's fine.

-This is good.

-Don't need to see the rest!

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-Yeah, this is lovely.

-We'd quite like to look around, actually, Richard!

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To get to the rest of the house, you have to pass through a hallway which opens up completely,

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-bringing you closer to the garden.

-Wow.

-Very Japanese.

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This is just really nice.

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You can imagine whatever type of day it is sitting at the breakfast bar

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or coming here to look out.

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You're happy now? I am, yeah.

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-I was a bit worried.

-Were you?

-Yes.

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Mum's sold so far, but what about Jenna?

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-It's nice.

-It's nice?

-Better than the last one?

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-Yeah.

-Would you move in with us?

-Don't know.

-Don't know?

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-It's not a no.

-I'm still visiting.

-OK, we're working.

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No, you're not. I'm still visiting.

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But that's not anything to do with the house.

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I think everybody needs some space and that's what Aussie houses have.

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Two separate areas - one for adults, one for kids.

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It's almost like two houses. The parents' side and the kids' side.

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And out there, there's a little lounge where you can chill and stuff with your friends.

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I like that. You're away from your parents and you've got your own living space and bathroom,

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your own lounge and TV, and you've got your own bedroom. The whole place is kind of cool.

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I didn't see any big bedroom, so you're away from the parents and could play your music loud.

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-You do anyway!

-But it's a nice thought. She can play her music.

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Out of earshot of Jenna's stereo, the master bedroom has one mod con that Richard takes a shine to.

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Oh, yes. Oh, yes.

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I like that. Wine in the fridge in the bedroom. Dangerous.

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I like this. This is brilliant.

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Yeah, this is cool. I like this.

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Richard already feels at home, although the £210,000 asking price

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puts the house at the top end of their budget.

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We love it. It's good. We really like it.

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We like the two sides to the house to separate ourselves a little bit.

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The kitchen's more like the living room.

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-You could have another TV in there.

-Yeah.

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And leave the other side for the kids to live in.

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I can't believe how big it is. It's really quite a big house.

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It doesn't look it from the outside, but it really is.

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I'd say that was pretty successful overall. A beautiful house they could just about afford,

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but although it offers the country lifestyle, is it too remote?

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So for a taste of city property, house number three is in Nightcliff, an extremely desirable area.

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Old by local standards, this four-bedroom house is from the 1960s

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and has been completely renovated. The Bonds would need a cool 650,000

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or roughly £300,000 to make this their home.

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Really nice. Wow.

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-Wow.

-This is... This is it. God, this is amazing.

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-This can't possibly be in our budget.

-Absolutely gorgeous house. Absolutely fantastic.

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I don't think this is your typical Australian house. Unbelievable.

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It's lovely. Beautifully decorated. Just up my street.

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Although out of their price range on one salary, if Louise finds the climate lets her to go back to work,

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-this is a property they could aspire to.

-There's an office here.

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-I could see myself working in here.

-Yes, I like this room.

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It's great. Perfect for you.

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Plenty of light here. All the windows, natural light.

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This would be perfect. Absolutely perfect, yeah.

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I could definitely set up here. it's brilliant.

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This is good.

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You could make this into a den for your friends.

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We would need a spare room anyway to have family over.

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We haven't found that as yet in the houses we've seen. There's been nowhere.

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-This wouldn't persuade you?

-No.

-Oh, this is going to go on...

-It is.

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-I just can't wait to go home.

-Oh, my Lord!

-What?

-I can't wait to go home.

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What is it with this age group? They've got to open their minds.

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-Most people probably want to come here, but I'm not most people.

-No.

-No, you're BLEEP awkward!

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If Jenna's not careful, they won't let her come and visit.

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Dana, on the other hand, is more excited than ever.

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Oh, my God!

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Oh, my word!

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Wow.

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-Has this bathroom been made for me or what?

-This is outdoors...

-An outdoor bathroom!

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-That's brilliant.

-Very clever.

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Well, with its £300,000 price tag, this house was always going to offer something a bit special.

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And, finally, the icing on the cake. A huge garden with a beautiful pool.

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-That is gorgeous.

-Beautiful.

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-That is really gorgeous. A lovely garden, isn't it?

-Yes.

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This is an entertaining garden.

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But with such luxuries in their sights, some hard questions need answering.

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Can they make the sums add up to buy a dream life in the sun?

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This is what we'd love to have, but we couldn't afford it.

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Maybe Darwin isn't the place for us, but we do need this climate.

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The way I see it is I wouldn't improve at home.

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My consultant has told me if I'm not off the sticks now, I'll never get off them.

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But if I went somewhere where the climate is better

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and I could exercise outside, I could actually prove him wrong. But everybody's got to be happy.

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I'm not going to be totally selfish where I force anybody to go where they don't want to go.

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The Bond family's future Down Under hangs in the balance.

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With so much to offer, Australia seems to be slipping through their fingers. If Richard can't find work

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and Jenna can't be persuaded to move, Louise's dream could be shattered. Something's got to give.

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They didn't like the layout of property one or its distance from the city.

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Property two was more to their taste, but again too remote.

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And the third was a dream house, way beyond their means as a one-income family.

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So how will they vote - for a property in the UK or in Australia?

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Our vote goes to...

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-UK.

-UK.

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-Australia.

-The tables have turned, with Richard and Louise voting with Jenna for the UK

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and Dana, she's on her own.

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Back in the UK, Richard's busy job as manager of a garden centre leaves very little time for family life.

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He hopes that in Australia he'll find a better balance.

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Day Two and it's time for Richard to experience working Down Under first hand.

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With property prices so high, can Richard find a job that allows more family time and pays the mortgage?

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When we're back in the UK, don't get me wrong, I do love my job. I really do.

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But the work is dictated by the weather. That's one of the advantages of coming to Oz.

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This morning I didn't have to check the weather. Just put my shorts on and off we go to work.

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And getting to my time of life, with family life and what have you, I want more time with the family.

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And I don't want to be as depressed as I have been back home, but...

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I'm here to change that. Hopefully!

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While Richard explores his job prospects, an exhausted Louise is in need of a gentler day.

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-Good morning. Hello.

-Morning. How are you today?

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-Fine, thank you. We'll feel more wonderful when you finish with us!

-Certainly!

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Richard is spending time working with Darryl South at his plant wholesale company.

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It's a huge nursery covering 40 acres, selling mainly to the trade all over Australia and beyond.

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-Good morning, sir!

-Ah, good morning, Richard. Nice to meet you.

-And you, sir.

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-I'm all yours for the day.

-Right-o.

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Darryl's been in the business man and boy, so Richard could hardly be in better hands.

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So at the moment you've been in a retail nursery.

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-What was your day to day job?

-It's very customer-based.

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It's something I do enjoy. You get good customers, as you know, and bad customers.

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Sometimes the bad customers come all in one day.

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With being a grower as well, I love looking after the plants.

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By watering them by hand, you see what else needs done.

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There's actually two areas I would be interested in.

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One is an actual sales person involved in sales,

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and we'll show you shortly a brand-new sales office over here.

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And the other one is management and production, if you come that way.

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That's a pretty good start. They seem to have hit it off.

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While Richard's getting his hands dirty, the girls are wondering how Dad's doing.

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Because my mum can't work, he's the only one bringing money in.

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So it's definitely vital that he works, but I think it's more vital that he likes his job.

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I wouldn't want to move and him not like it.

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He always comes home really stressed and stuff, so it would be nice for him to also relax

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and to enjoy where he is and what he's doing and for everything to be perfect for him.

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That would be really nice. That would be good.

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Darryl's business is blossoming and Richard can picture himself as part of that future.

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You can make a living here, for sure. I think there's a lot you can learn as well from this guy.

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If I need to know about plants up here, and is passionate about plants, it's nice to meet somebody.

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I think he could be a pretty good teacher. I really do.

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I get goose pimples just thinking about it.

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Even Jenna would concede that life in Darwin looks pretty good,

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but if Richard and Darryl can't come to a deal about salary, any chance of moving would be impossible.

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-There's opportunities for you.

-What kind of salary?

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I don't know. We'd have to discuss that.

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I'm sort of... I've got a house there that you could use and live in.

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That would be part of the package as far as I'm concerned.

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That's promising, especially with house prices being so high,

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-but let's cut to the chase.

-All those things, I'm saying yes.

-Very good.

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-You know, you've got a bit to think about.

-Just a bit!

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-Right, OK.

-That sounds good to me. We'll see how you go, Richard.

0:29:120:29:17

-Thank you very much, sir.

-We'll talk to you again.

-See you.

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It all sounds encouraging, but Richard still has to vote.

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So...work.

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UK or Australia?

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UK - I love my job, I really do. Best job in the world at times, but also the worst job in the world.

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And look around. It's just stunning. The plants, the foliage,

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the people, the lifestyle...

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After all consideration, I've got to give it...

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..to Australia.

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Things are looking pretty positive for the Bonds. All that remains is for their luggage to turn up.

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Thank you very much indeed. Bye-bye. ..Hallelujah!

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Our bags have been found. They're not in Japan.

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I'm just overwhelmed that we've got clothes, all our clothes back.

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We've got the hair straighteners!

0:30:150:30:18

-And my flip-flops!

-Oh, I've got my flip-flops!

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Hundreds of firefighters have been tackling bush fires in Australia...

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In recent years, parts of Australia have been stricken by large bush fires,

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which have threatened life and property. In the north, fires are an accepted part of the landscape.

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Dick Williams, a government environmental scientist, tells us more.

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Bush fires have been part of the Australian landscape for millions of years,

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tens of thousands of years for people. Fire is used as a land management tool.

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People go out deliberately to use fire in the landscape to achieve particular ends.

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One of those ends is to break up the country, remove fuel,

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so that on days of high fire danger, if there is an ignition, there is some control

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that can be gained over fires.

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Lorraine Williams works for a green organisation and is one of the local people.

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We have been burning this country for a long time so we can produce new growth for our animals.

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Sometimes it can be for ceremonial purposes, for cleaning up spirits.

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Fires are an important part of our habitat. Plants need it, animals also need it.

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It's important for us to live together with fire.

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The bush has got a remarkable capacity to regenerate.

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There are plants that need fire to germinate. They are hard-seeded and the fire cracks the seed.

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What does this mean for somebody coming here? Well, you'll see fires.

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If you're here in the dry season, it'll be part of the deal.

0:32:130:32:17

Richard and Louise Bond from Cheshire and younger daughter Dana

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are becoming convinced that moving to Australia is the key to a better life for the whole family,

0:32:250:32:31

but 17-year-old Jenna has plans of her own.

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I'm so against it. Australia's probably a great place,

0:32:360:32:40

but here I've got family, friends. I wouldn't change that ever.

0:32:400:32:45

You're BLEEP awkward!

0:32:450:32:47

Richard's confident that he could find work easily enough.

0:32:470:32:52

-Right, OK.

-We'll see how you go, Richard.

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But Darwin's sky-high property prices mean their dreams of a large house with a pool look unrealistic.

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This is what we'd love to have, but I don't think we could afford it.

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Maybe Darwin isn't the place for us.

0:33:080:33:11

We do need this climate, though.

0:33:110:33:14

It's been a tough week so far and it can only get tougher.

0:33:140:33:19

Life Down Under for the Bonds could go either way,

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but an important part of living happily anywhere is a strong social network.

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When you're thousands of miles away from your family, friends take on a new significance.

0:33:310:33:37

17-year-old Jenna's adamant she won't leave her friends behind,

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even if it means breaking up the family, something Richard and Louise realise they may have to accept.

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She's at that age where she needs to be selfish for herself

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and get her life in the direction she wants to go,

0:33:540:33:58

which, from her point of view, it's selfish of us to move out here.

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Three of us want to go, one doesn't. We can't stay in the UK

0:34:020:34:07

-and not progress with our lives.

-No, we can't put our life on hold just for Jenna now.

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The opportunity for reflection away from the others

0:34:140:34:18

has brought Jenna's underlying reason for staying to the surface.

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Since I was 11, I've looked after my mum. That's why I'm against it.

0:34:230:34:28

I'm trying to do what I want to do now.

0:34:280:34:32

I want to finally get the chance to do what I want.

0:34:320:34:35

I've put my life on hold.

0:34:350:34:38

I'm the oldest, so I was always looking after my mum. Now I've been here and relaxed,

0:34:380:34:45

it's a great place, and Mum's been independent. She doesn't need me any more.

0:34:450:34:51

So I can just go back home and do my degree

0:34:510:34:55

and stay close with the family.

0:34:550:34:58

Maybe Jenna really is unshakable, but it seems that Richard and Louise have shifted their position

0:34:590:35:06

and could be resigned to moving without her, but how will they feel

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when they hear from people they'll be leaving behind?

0:35:110:35:15

On their last day in Oz, it's time for the Bonds to hear the thoughts of their friends and family.

0:35:200:35:27

'G'day, folks!

0:35:280:35:30

'Missing you already.'

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'And I mean that, but we really want you to experience

0:35:330:35:38

'the whole caboodle and give it a good go.

0:35:380:35:42

'He's got a fabulous sense of humour

0:35:420:35:44

'and sometimes you don't really realise how deep he is

0:35:440:35:49

-'because he puts on a jovial front.

-We'd describe him like a swan.

0:35:490:35:54

'On the surface, very calm, but underneath paddling like mad

0:35:540:35:59

'just to keep going. He's working a lot of hours just to keep ends meeting.

0:35:590:36:06

-'I know Louise would be much better in a warm climate.

-But we're part of her support network.

0:36:060:36:15

'From the very beginning, you protect your children and sometimes you can't

0:36:150:36:21

'and you feel really quite... frustrated at times in private.

0:36:210:36:26

-'I've had many a weep.

-Jenna, she's like family.

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'I could not ask for a better person.

0:36:310:36:34

'She's been there for me since day one and always has been.

0:36:340:36:38

'Once Jenna told me and I actually took it in,

0:36:380:36:42

'I'm going to admit this now, I actually did cry.

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'I burst into tears. I would not talk to anyone. They're a big part of my life.

0:36:460:36:53

'Hope you've had a wonderful time.

0:36:530:36:55

'We love all four of you so very, very much.

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'I'm finding this quite difficult, really, but if you did decide to go,

0:37:010:37:07

'I couldn't really describe

0:37:070:37:12

'how much we would miss you, but we wish you all the very best and...

0:37:120:37:19

'you know, I hope you in the end make a decision that's right for you.'

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Don't know what to say now.

0:37:330:37:35

You all right?

0:37:350:37:38

It's, like, hard to see people and family just...

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I mean, seeing my nana crying.

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When people are around and you can see them whenever you like, you sometimes take them for granted.

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When there's distance, and they come out for long periods and know they're going home,

0:37:560:38:02

they'll probably have, you know, quality time.

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They want the best for us.

0:38:070:38:10

They know how good this would be for us. As they do, we just want the best for all our kids.

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As long as Richard has his parents coming and my parents come...

0:38:170:38:21

Just for a day or two would be fine.

0:38:210:38:23

-I'm joking, Mum and Dad! I'm joking.

-I'm going home.

0:38:230:38:27

You're going home?

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Although family back home is hugely important for Jenna, her reasons for staying are more complicated.

0:38:300:38:37

Are you OK?

0:38:370:38:39

I just can't wait to go home now. I want to be there, not the other side of the world.

0:38:390:38:45

I reckon it's the right time. I've looked after you

0:38:450:38:49

and not really been going out.

0:38:490:38:52

I've been like the carer and things like that.

0:38:520:38:56

I can concentrate on my uni and being near my friends

0:38:560:39:01

and spend time with family.

0:39:010:39:04

-So I won't be a burden to you any more.

-That sounds mean, but yeah.

0:39:040:39:08

-Not that you are, but...

-OK!

0:39:080:39:11

Jenna's feelings seem to have come as a bit of a blow to Louise and add a new dimension

0:39:110:39:17

-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.

0:39:170:39:25

All three of them do.

0:39:250:39:27

Em...

0:39:270:39:29

I didn't realise she felt that way and that makes me feel really bad.

0:39:290:39:35

I almost felt like a burden to her then. She's looking for freedom. That's really not good.

0:39:350:39:41

Everyone's been pretty shaken, first by the video, then by Jenna's startling revelation.

0:39:440:39:50

Having believed they could persuade Jenna to move to Australia, they can see her mind is made up.

0:39:500:39:56

Their plans for the future might not include her.

0:39:560:39:59

The Bonds have come to the end of their week in Australia. For Richard, it's been a huge challenge.

0:40:030:40:10

I thought it'd be a holiday.

0:40:100:40:12

This has been hard work this week.

0:40:120:40:15

But it's been the kind of work I needed to do to find the place and understand the place.

0:40:150:40:21

For Louise, there were a few surprises.

0:40:210:40:25

House prices are quite expensive.

0:40:250:40:28

What we've got at home is better than we could see for our money here.

0:40:280:40:33

Work was amazing.

0:40:340:40:37

The job has got to be right. Without a job, we're not coming. It's as simple as that.

0:40:370:40:43

Dana's noticed a change in her mum.

0:40:430:40:46

She's a lot better out here. It's nice to see her enjoy herself cos she's not in pain.

0:40:460:40:52

So it's just a nice feeling of her being happy.

0:40:520:40:57

Richard said I've not stopped smiling since we got here. I don't always do that at home.

0:40:570:41:03

I don't always feel great.

0:41:030:41:05

But hanging over everything is the prospect of leaving Jenna behind.

0:41:050:41:10

I'd really miss her if she didn't come. It's hard to think she wouldn't be here,

0:41:100:41:15

but you've got win some and lose some. You win by my mum and my dad being more happy,

0:41:150:41:23

-but you lose my sister.

-It's crunch time. After a week of hard work and strong emotions,

0:41:230:41:30

the Bonds are faced with a terrible dilemma. If they choose Australia for a better quality of life,

0:41:300:41:36

they run the risk of losing a daughter. So will they vote to move to Oz or stay in the UK?

0:41:360:41:44

After spending a week in Darwin, we are going to vote for either staying in Australia

0:41:440:41:51

or staying in the UK. So whatever our vote is...

0:41:510:41:56

-Australia!

-UK!

-Oh, dear. They're still split.

0:41:590:42:04

Their week in Australia has done nothing to alter Jenna's mind.

0:42:040:42:09

How do they find a way forward?

0:42:090:42:12

I trust Jenna. She's not a stupid kid. She knows what she wants.

0:42:120:42:18

You've got to go for what you want. We're not going to stop her.

0:42:180:42:22

What I will definitely do is put money in a pot so if she needs me, for whatever reason,

0:42:220:42:29

on the next flight I'll be there. Or if she wants to come here, the money will be in a pot.

0:42:290:42:35

But we'll do what we have to do.

0:42:350:42:38

I still wish she would give it a go, but she seems adamant that she's not.

0:42:380:42:43

I'd be far happier if we were the four. We're not just three, we're four.

0:42:430:42:49

I'd be happier if we were all together.

0:42:490:42:53

So the Bonds have decided their future lies in different places.

0:42:540:42:59

Jenna was unconvinced Australia can make up for what she'd leave behind,

0:42:590:43:04

but for the others their destiny lies where they're wanted Down Under.

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Join us next time as another British family must decide whether to go where they're Wanted Down Under.

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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.