Families sample Australian life. When the Hannah family from Glasgow test out life in Brisbane for a week, it is an emotional rollercoaster as they sample jobs and leisure.
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Hello and welcome to Wanted Down Under,
the show that catapults a British family
right across to the other side of the world to help them make
the biggest decision of their life - whether to stay in the UK or to move to Australia.
Andrew and Sharon Hannah have always imagined a better life for their family in Australia.
We're a rather outdoorsy family so it would be nice to go out and not get wet.
We'll go over and see if the grass is greener on the other side.
But their two boys don't share their dream.
I don't really want to go and live there.
On their trip of a lifetime, the whole family is torn down the middle.
We don't want to go.
Really, I'm not sure. I don't know what to do.
It's not me that actually wants to go. It's them.
They want to take us away.
-And for Andrew, it all gets too hot to handle.
-Oh, I don't know why they do this to us.
The Hannahs have a long and intense week ahead of them, so what will they decide?
There has been a 20% increase in families wanting to emigrate to Australia.
With its promise of sun, sea and sand and a better lifestyle for all,
it seems like the perfect place to make a fresh start.
But there are many potential pitfalls with moving so far from home
and not everyone decides to stay.
20 British families have been pushed to the limit
as they find out about real life down under.
After just one week, they will have to vote one way or the other.
Will they stay in the UK or will they move to Australia?
Sharon and Andrew Hannah live in the Glasgow suburb of Bearsden
with their teenage boys, 16-year-old David and Mark, 15.
Sharon has been the driving force behind a move down under.
She wants to upgrade from their cramped two-bedroom house
where the boys have shared a bedroom all their lives.
We never have parties, friends to stay over because we don't have the room to put them up.
She wants a bigger house and a more outdoor lifestyle.
I just imagine a whole different outlook, a slower pace of life, a more outdoorsy place to be.
It's what we love anyway. We get out in the rain, the hail and snow.
It would be nice to go out and not get wet.
Husband Andrew is also looking forward to a life in the sun.
I'd love to go fishing and see what they've got to offer.
It's an opportunity that we feel we've got to go for.
It's something maybe we should have done a few years ago.
We'll go over and see if the grass is greener on the other side.
Sharon works as a midwife at the Queen Mother's Hospital in Glasgow.
She is the main visa applicant.
We have, on staff, usually about five on a day shift.
We have 26 patients and we could have up to 20 babies at the same time.
It's very, very busy.
She wants a job with less stressful working conditions.
I enjoy my work very, very much but sometimes I come home at the end of a shift, not having had a break,
absolutely burned out, barely talk to my family, fall into bed and wake up the next day to do it all over again.
Andrew is a gardener by trade.
He enjoys the outdoor life.
I do enjoy gardening.
I love doing what I do.
It's a great job.
You're outdoors and you're out with nature and
all the wee birds keep you company, and butterflies.
But he only earns around £9,000 each year.
To afford a dream house and lifestyle, Andrew would have to earn more.
The Hannahs are running out of time to make a decision.
It's quite an easy life here. I've got quite a good life and it worries me
if we go over there, I'm going to make life difficult for myself.
But Andrew and Sharon have a problem. Their teenage boys, David and Mark, don't share their dream.
I don't really want to go and live there but...
I wouldn't mind it as a holiday, you know.
They've grown up in Glasgow and see no reason to leave.
I've got loads of friends here. That would all just disappear when I go over to Australia. I'd have nothing.
I get on really well with my aunties and my cousins.
We're a really close family. Any excuse for a party and we'll have one.
It wouldn't be the same seeing them over a webcam.
I'd miss my family because my grandad is really funny.
-I believe that is going to be better for them but...
I don't know... They are just not convinced.
Lunch is served.
It's time to make a decision.
The cut-off age for visa applicants on the critical skills list is 45 years old.
Sharon is 44.
If we are going to take the plunge then we have to do it.
Good or bad but... we all don't know what to do.
The pressure of making a decision is starting to take its toll on Sharon.
It's breaking my heart that we'll take them away from my mum and my dad and
all their friends.
It just is horrible.
But I keep trying to balance it by saying, well, I'm going to give you a wonderful life.
I'll be so upset if we go there and it didn't work but I'll not know until we've tried it.
So, what will they choose?
It looks like anything could happen.
To help them decide, we're sending them to the sub-tropical city of Brisbane where the year-round
warm climate will give them the outdoor lifestyle they crave.
Brisbane is the largest city in Queensland.
It's a thriving cosmopolitan hub and its outer suburbs are still growing,
so the Hannahs should be able to find a property they can afford
on their budget of around £170,000.
We've found three possible lifestyles for the family, each one offering
a brand new way of life for them to try on their budget, but which one will be the most suitable?
Known as the River City, Brisbane has plenty of attractions
for the whole family, including its own purpose built urban beach.
Sharon could earn around £30,000 working at the central hospital and
Andrew could find salaried gardening work but the Hannahs could struggle
to afford property in the centre
where prices for three-bedroom apartments like this are around £320,000.
Move out into the suburbs and they could pick up a three bedroom house within their £170,000 budget.
So, very different from their life in the UK but what about the second option?
If they prefer to live out of town,
they could choose to live in
a planned community like the North Lakes.
It has good local facilities and schools but Andrew may not find
secure gardening work and Sharon would have to commute an hour into the city.
Average three-bedroom homes here are around £200,000 but something
a bit special like this will cost in excess of 350,000.
So, they may have to find something smaller to suit their budget.
That all looks very inviting but what about the third option?
There are some stunning coastal suburbs
just an hour's drive from Brisbane.
David and Mark might love the surf beaches of the Gold Coast
and Andrew could find paradise in a little fishing boat
but coastal property can be pricey.
This three-bedroom house is 15 minutes from the beach and is on the market for £320,000.
But there are options under 200,000 in suburbs north of the city.
Sharon might have to compromise, as living by the sea would mean
an hour's drive to the hospital in the city.
Three very different possibilities for our families to try.
Which one did we decide would suit them best?
We've decided the coastal option is the best for the Hannahs.
The Redcliffe Peninsula is very affordable and within a short walk of expansive calm,
flat waters - a fisherman's paradise, although Sharon will have a bit of a commute into work.
We find some properties for them to view...
It's strangely built. Not like the houses you get in Britain.
..and found Sharon and Andrew jobs to try out...
I don't like interviews at all.
..as well as giving them a taste for the Aussie lifestyle.
But will it all get too much?
Glasgow is where I live.
I love Glasgow.
None of the Hannahs can foresee how turbulent the week ahead will be
but it's time for them to take the plunge.
It's a three-flight marathon from Glasgow to Brisbane.
The Hannahs' journey is 27 hours long and takes them via London and Singapore.
They touch down at 6.30am local time.
It is the furthest they have ever been from home and Sharon is already feeling the pressure.
I think I'm nervous because I don't know what to expect.
I'm scared. Really scared.
I'm looking forward to finding out what it's about and what it's got to offer
because this might be where we're coming very soon.
Very soon, indeed.
And just for a moment, the boys have forgotten not to be excited.
I'm looking forward to the sun, obviously, because we don't get much of it in Scotland.
I can't wait to see what it's like.
It should be really good.
It's straight to their rented accommodation.
Are you familiar with these cars?
We're putting them up in a classic Queenslander style house
in the Riverside district of Bulimba which should suit Andrew's dream of being near the water.
Bulimba is a trendy suburb near the city centre.
It will be the perfect springboard to explore Brisbane and the surrounding area.
But how will the Hannahs like their new house and garden?
-Wow! What a house!
-That's nice, isn't it?
Look at the kitchen.
For the Hannahs, it is all about the outdoor lifestyle so it's straight outside to check out the garden.
-Barbecues in the summertime.
It looks like a house in the rainforest.
It's a lot wilder than they're used to at home.
I don't think I'd like to sit out here underneath these trees. Are these spiders about?
We'll cut the trees down, shall we?
And they get a rude introduction to the locals.
Dad, there's a spider hanging down above your head.
It's the only thing in Australia that worries me - spiders and poisonous fish.
They are running scared of the common black and yellow garden spider.
By the way, it's completely harmless.
-There's some that come and get you, aren't there?
-Big wolfy things.
-They jump on you.
-Big fangs and what have you.
-I don't like spiders.
-You don't like spiders either?
It may be new and exciting, but the boys are less convinced than ever.
I feel pressured to enjoy this because my mum and dad
really want to come here so I'm trying to look on the positive side.
We weren't really given the choice in coming over here.
We were just told that we were going to come by our parents so we were forced to come over here.
Is there an ill wind blowing in the Hannah camp?
Back in Scotland, the Hannahs live in a small two-bedroom Victorian house.
They are looking for a three-bedroom home in Australia
and their budget is around £170,000, depending on the price they can get for their house in Scotland.
They made the 40-minute journey up the coast to the affordable Redcliffe peninsula.
The first property costs almost £150,000,
so well within their budget.
It has three bedrooms and is just minutes from the beach.
Dean Eldridge is the selling agent but already there is a catch.
Guys, sorry, I've got a bit of a tease. It has just sold
but at least this will give you a good indication as to what the low price range will buy you.
-It needs a lot of work.
Just as well I'm good at DIY.
The master bedroom is a lot bigger than they're used to.
Do you think we'll get a bed in and be able to walk around the bed?
I don't want a room where I can't walk around the bed.
There's plenty of cupboard space.
Downstairs, the boys could have a lot of space to themselves
but they are not convinced of its current condition.
-It could do with a bit of doing up, though.
-Yeah, it needs loads of work.
I don't really like it though. I kind of think it's like a couple of caravans put on top of each other.
That's what it seems like.
But for Andrew, basic is beautiful.
Compared to what you get back home in Scotland, this is superb.
Honestly. Really, really nice.
It would be a good house to start doing up, though.
But we wouldn't be doing that. It would be Dad.
I can turn my hand to anything.
-I really can.
-Andrew could be busy well into his retirement with a purchase like this.
Is that bigger than our garden at home?
I like this.
Would we have privacy?
It's strangely built.
Is not like the houses you get in Britain.
Around £150,000 could buy you a three bedroom house in this area, but this one is more of a project
-than a home, which seems to bother Andrew a lot less than anyone else.
-What do you think?
-I'm really impressed.
That's good. Good start.
It's a great start. It's a pity this one is sold.
Pity we couldn't move here tomorrow.
This was literally on the market only 24 hours.
-This at least goes to show that they are out there. You've just got to be quick, that's all.
Let's hope the second property is better suited.
It's a three bedroom house just down the road and
on the market for around £180,000.
The living room looks a wee bit small.
I just think it looks a wee bit small.
Yes. We certainly want a property that has built-in wardrobes.
-It's bigger than our room at home, so you can't really complain, can you?
-It's a lot nicer than the other house, cos it's been renovated, obviously.
-It looks small.
-No, it's not, it's huge.
It's not really. Dining table over there as well.
The one thing that we hanker after is a dining area, cos we don't have anywhere to put out a table.
And it's all here in one, and it's nice.
It seems to tick a lot of boxes for Sharon and the boys.
You could get a good game of football down there, couldn't you?
But Andrew can't get the first house out of his mind.
To be honest, I preferred the first property.
-I really did.
Well, you had all the space underneath the house and you had the driveway and you had the garage.
Is it just cos you don't like the new decorations in this house, already decorated?
I liked it the way it was built up, raised, you had all that space underneath the house.
And this doesn't have it.
I would prefer a house you could just walk into,
so we could be living happily from the start.
I can't be bothered having it all done up, it takes too long.
It's a wee bit different how it's a bungalow.
Dad, it's taken you over 15 years to even start doing up the house at home so...!
I think it's nice. I like it.
I don't like this property, Sharon.
Already, this house hunt is proving to be a lot harder than they thought.
My dad thinks he's good at DIY, but I don't really think he is.
He cuts a lot of corners and makes a lot of mistakes.
Finding the perfect compromise for this family might be difficult.
Property number three is in the smarter suburb of Kippa Ring.
It's on the market for about £205,000, over the Hannahs' budget
unless both Andrew and Sharon can get salaried jobs.
Do you like it?
Yeah, yeah. Kitchen and your living room, the same place.
-Do you like that?
-I like this kitchen, yes.
-You like this kitchen?
It's quite nice. I also quite like the way you come in.
-Well, that's nice.
-The size is OK.
This is OK. I don't think we've got enough furniture to fill it.
Bedroom, a second bedroom, a single bedroom.
I don't know why the people want to move.
It's really nice, they've built a really nice house up.
Oh, this has been... turned into a study.
The study would have to be turned into a bedroom, which would give the boys a room each for the first time.
I don't like living in the same room with him. It's just really annoying, basically, just sharing everything.
The tropical garden was designed and built by the current owners.
This is nice. I like this.
There's not much open green space, but I don't really mind, it's really good.
This is better, I would say, than just having the green grass.
Yeah, it's good.
It's a wee bit overgrown, but you could cut this back, and it's really quite nice.
It's all looking rosy, but David can't resist a little dig.
Dad, it puts our garden to shame!
You're a gardener, and this puts it to shame!
Oh, very witty!
Yes, I like this.
It's like the botanic gardens.
-It is, isn't it?
-They even find a link to home.
-It's his family tree.
There's a wee Scottish connection there, isn't there?
Patterson, I think that's from the...Highlands of Scotland!
-Maybe it's a good omen.
Do you like it, Mark?
I think it's absolutely brilliant.
It's the best house we've seen so far, I'd definitely love to live here.
It's a lot better than the one we've got at home. It's amazing.
Yeah, I'd like to live in a house like this, yeah. It's my kind of house.
-I can't find anything wrong with it, it's really nice.
-No, I can't fault it either.
They all seem to love it, even if Andrew won't get the chance to show off his DIY skills.
If we could organise everything, in a flash I would...go for this.
I know we aspire to something like this, but I don't think this is out of our reach.
This property has everything the Hannahs want, but it's £35,000 over budget.
If they want to move somewhere like this, both Sharon and Andrew will have to find good jobs.
-I could live here, Sharon.
-See, it's called a tropical hideaway.
It's been a long day house hunting in Redcliffe, and it's thrown up some tensions.
They are very rude about me, totally, the boys!
I don't know...why they run me into the ground, they shouldn't really.
He's very short-tempered and impatient, so we just like to annoy him.
It does upset me, actually, that they do criticise me.
They don't appreciate what I can do.
And though Mark liked the final house, for him, home is where the heart is.
I love Scotland right now, and I don't really want to move.
I'd need a lot of convincing to stay!
I would really need to see a lot more to try and convince me to come over.
But on the property alone, how will the Hannahs vote?
We've seen three very different houses, but I think that we're
all sure now that we can make a vote, and we're going to vote for...
They all agreed on the property after all, but if they're going to be able to afford it,
they're going to both need to find well-paid work.
Time to check out their job prospects.
Back in Scotland, Andrew earns £9,000 as a gardener,
but in Australia could he earn more by going back to his old profession in the shipyards?
It's not a nice job, working in a shipyard.
It wasn't very pleasant here, and I don't imagine if you go 11,000 miles it'll be any different.
I'm not saying no, I won't do the shipyards.
If I've got to do them, I'll do them, but I'd rather do gardening.
We've set up some meetings for Sharon and Andrew
to find out what kind of jobs Brisbane could offer them.
Noelle Cridland is the director of nursing and midwifery at
the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, where Sharon might find a job.
There's lots of support, and we're very geared to taking international nurses and midwives here,
and they very quickly become part of the team and feel very confident and comfortable here.
We'd love to see you!
Sharon's on her way to meet her.
She's the only employer of midwives in the area, so the pressure's on.
I'm nervous, actually, I feel sick.
I do, I do, I don't like interviews - at all.
Sharon's worried about fitting in, but Australia's crying out for people like her.
There's a real shortage nationally of nurses and midwives,
and we've been recruiting nurses and midwives
extensively from the UK, and we've been really pleased
with the skills and the knowledge that they bring, so very highly valued, very highly sought-after.
They're actually moving into senior positions relatively quickly as well.
This could be great news for Sharon, but could she match her £30,000 UK salary?
We've just got a bit of a summary here, and as a registered midwife, and you're fairly senior,
so I imagine you'd be coming in at around that sort of 59,000 Australian dollars per year.
That's the base salary, and then on top of that obviously you would get
weekend and evening penalties and so on.
That wouldn't be a huge drop in my salary.
So Sharon could earn over £30,000 to start with.
She's not the only new arrival on the ward.
So who's got the wee dimple, then?
Because she's got a wee dimple on her chin. Is that you?
Ah, no, she's lovely.
Sharon's a natural, but it's Andrew's job that's going to help finance the move.
First, he wants to discover if he could make enough money as a gardener.
It's the first time in years he's considered working for someone else.
I'm feeling a wee bit nervous,
because I haven't actually been employed by anybody, like a company,
for 11 or 12 years, so it's quite scary.
Andrew's come to meet Ross McKinnon, the boss of Brisbane's Royal Botanic Gardens.
Well, Andrew, a few questions about you, then. How long have you been gardening?
-And this is professionally and by yourself, you've got your own business?
All the Botanic Gardens staff are very well qualified,
and you've got practical experience.
We're looking for people with real hands-on experience.
He learns that moving to Australia isn't always a bed of roses.
The humidity and the heat here in the middle of summer can be trying, and I really must point that out.
But for the 12 weeks in the middle of summer that are not so nice,
the remainder of the year is absolute bliss.
You'll not find a better climate anywhere.
Right. Would you like to tell me what the package and the conditions and how much I would possibly earn?
Well, I can tell you precisely.
734.40 a week pay for a gardener in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens,
and with overtime that will amount to, in Australian dollars, about 40,000 per year.
And we do ask that you're available for the occasional weekend overtime as well.
That sounds... That sounds good.
-Well, it does.
-That'll be more than double what he earns at home.
It's time for Andrew to get down and dirty in the garden.
Just grab this rake here, Andrew, and give us a hand, get the rest of this mulch out.
It's also an opportunity for Andrew to ask some all-important questions.
How do you find working in the Botanic Gardens? Nice place to work?
It's a really great place to work.
I really like to work outdoors, to be outside in the sun and the fresh air.
They're all great blokes here.
Ideally, I would love a job like this. This would be fantastic.
It really would!
I'm not going to even deny that.
I think that looks quite reasonable.
Back in the city, Sharon is keen on getting outdoors herself.
She asks midwife Libby about the work-life balance.
So, Libby, after a hard shift in this ward, what do you do to chill out on the weekend or your days off?
Well, we've got a caravan, so we usually go caravanning
-anywhere from the Sunshine Coast or up to Fraser Island or down to the Tweed and New South Wales.
It seems to be quite easy to get around Brisbane, and it's very quick to get to the beaches
and things like that, so you can go for the day, and we quite often do that in summer.
The good salary and relaxed atmosphere seem to have done the trick.
I actually might quite like to work here myself, if you don't mind!
-We very much welcome you.
-I might just give you a phone call later on.
Thank you so much.
Bye just now, bye-bye. In comparison to what we have back home, my expectations here are surpassed.
I'm absolutely impressed by the working environment and the staffing levels and the support
that the girls get and the training, and everyone I've met has been so helpful and very, very welcoming.
And Noelle seems to be impressed with Sharon.
I think she looks terrific.
She's asked all the right sort of questions, and I don't think
she'd have any difficulty, on the face of it, having a job here, yeah.
Sharon could do well here, but she's concerned that Andrew maximises his earning potential,
which might mean hanging up his secateurs.
He's come to meet Philip, manager of a shipbuilding firm,
to find out if he could handle work in the Brisbane shipyards.
-The last time he worked anywhere like this was 11 years ago.
-Did you enjoy it?
Some of it. Some of it. It was an experience.
OK. You've got to enjoy it.
This is one of our jobs.
Could Andrew earn more money here than out in the garden?
Our tradesmen are getting around 25 an hour, depending on their skill level.
Well, that's similar to what you're paid back in the UK.
On 25 an hour, Andrew could be making in the region of 60,000 a year.
That's a lot more than the gardening job and could make life more comfortable for the whole family.
And he's impressed by Philip's operation.
Well, this guy knows how to run the place.
He's even said it himself to me, the employees are like part of the family.
That never happened in the yards in Scotland.
So as for working in Australia, how are the Hannahs going to vote?
It's not going to be a hard decision for me, and I'm going to choose...
I think there's only one way I could possibly vote.
I'm going to choose Australia.
I think this would be a super place to work, both in gardening and in shipbuilding.
Andrew and Sharon Hannah have big plans for a move down under.
I just imagine a whole different outlook, a slower pace of life,
a more outdoorsy place to be, and it's what we love anyway.
They've seen some spacious affordable properties...
Compared to what you get back home in Scotland, this is...superb.
..and have good job prospects.
In comparison to what we have back home, my expectations here are surpassed.
But their teenage sons just aren't convinced.
I would really need to see a lot more to try and convince me to come over.
When it comes to seeing messages from back home, the cracks begin to show.
I don't... I don't want to go.
For this family, the decision to move so far away is a massive wrench.
I'm not sure, I don't know what to do.
And the pressure begins to take its toll on all of them.
Oh, I don't know why they do this to us.
So what will they decide?
The Hannahs could get good jobs and fit in well but the major part of this move is all about money.
If they're going to afford the dream home, they must get a good price for their house back in Scotland.
They live in a two-bedroom Victorian property with plenty of period features in a leafy suburb
of West Glasgow. Andrew and Sharon bought it back in 1993,
the week David was born, for £45,000.
We sent two estate agents round to give them a valuation.
If they don't get a good price for it, they won't be able to afford their dream lifestyle.
Traditional fireplace with a flame fire. Original windows.
Nice outlook at the front, as well.
Quite small but nicely presented.
This would originally have been two rooms, I think.
A kitchen and dining room. They've obviously knocked it through. Door out to the garden.
Lovely garden as well.
Oh, my God.
Look at your room.
-Looks bigger there.
-A bit too much furniture in it, I think.
-Needs a bit of a clean.
Will the valuation come close to the £160,000 they think it's worth?
A good area of Glasgow. A very popular, nice, quiet street.
It's not a huge house but it would certainly appeal to
the young professional couple, maybe with one or two children.
I'd value this house at approximately £160,000.
It's about what they expected but how about a second opinion?
In my view, I think there are some bits and pieces a purchaser might want to do to the house.
I appreciate there's works being carried out.
However, I think there might be aspects that people might want to finish or change.
And all that has to be taken into account of what somebody is going to pay for it at the end of the day.
A couple of years ago, houses like this in this location,
in this condition, would sell for in the region of £160,000.
However, at the moment,
the marketplace is returning figures
more likely in the region of 135 to £140,000.
It seems Andrew still has work to do on the house
if they're going to be able to sell.
-135,000 is just...
-That's cheeky, isn't it?
It just needs a lick of paint.
And some new plaster on the walls.
But in reality, Andrew, you've got to be honest with yourself and think,
"Well, fair enough, it's a buyer's market
-"and we're probably not going to be able to sell it for 160."
-Then we'll not sell it.
If they can't get the maximum price for their house in Glasgow,
they won't be able to afford their dream home in Brisbane.
They're going to have to take a closer look at their entire finances.
We've prepared a comparison of their UK and Australian expenses,
to find out if they could actually afford to live down under.
What are you trying to work out?
I'm just calculating this a second, all right?
Does that mean you've got to pay for the air conditioning?
If you switch it on.
-All seems quite a lot.
-It must be roasting in the summer so you'd need it.
24-7. It's the cost of an average family car.
-We'd need two cars.
-Can we afford to buy two cars?
-Not at that price.
So we can't afford to buy two cars but we'd need two cars.
But we don't need to buy cars that cost... We can get second-hand cars, Sharon.
I'm not coming. It's too complicated.
I can't work out my bills so I'm just staying in Glasgow. I've decided.
There may be some unforeseen expenses but Andrew's potential salary gives them a massive bonus.
We'd still be left with £1,642 a month to play about with.
No, I don't believe that, Andrew.
That could be 23,000 quid a year to play about with.
I could actually see us coming over here and being better off.
Are you sure? I was expecting to be less well off.
Andrew's salary could leap from £9,000 in the UK
to around £20,000 in gardening or 30,000 in the shipyards in Brisbane.
But you liked the places you went to see, both of them, gardening and shipbuilding?
Yeah. I'd rather do the gardening than the shipbuilding.
You could earn more in the shipyards, than you could in the...gardening?
Right. I'd rather try and secure a job with the council.
And it's gardening around here... gardening in Australia is 12 months of the year.
I just want more money.
I just want to have lots more money.
-I don't know. I've never had much.
It would be nicer to have more if you could, wouldn't it?
The cost of living may be more but as the couple could earn more too, how will they vote?
We've looked at the cost of living and with both of us working,
we could afford a lovely property so we're going to choose...
Things are looking up on the financial front but the boys
still need to be convinced how good the Aussie lifestyle can be.
Andrew and Sharon have got their work cut out.
So they take David and Mark on a day-trip to Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast,
-just an hour's drive down the highway.
Be careful and do everything the man says, OK?
OK. Have fun.
-See you later.
David and Mark are being let off the leash and putting their lives
in the hands of surf instructor Will Forgan-Smith.
Have you ever surfed before?
-Never in my life.
Great, well, it's perfect conditions today. The sun's out and you're just going to have a great time.
-First they've got to look the part.
-Have I put this on the right way?
I've got it on the wrong way round.
They look like pros already so it's straight down to the beach.
They've got a couple of concerns.
-Is there any sharks?
-You've got more of a chance of getting hit by a car
than being attacked by a shark. I've never seen a shark while I've been coaching.
Do you get any killer jellyfish swimming about this beach?
I don't know about killer jellyfish but we get jellyfish every now and then.
There's no time for idle chit-chat.
-Limber up, boys!
-That looks good. Step through. Perfect. Look at that.
-Yes, yes. I can do that, but try it on water.
It looks like they're catching waves already.
They're taking to it like fish to water.
Now they've just got to stand up.
As David and Mark get to grips with the Australian surf...
..Sharon takes Andrew out to indulge his true passion in life.
Welcome to Australia.
Fishing. With over 4,400 species of fish in Australian waters, fishing is one of the country's
most popular pastimes.
What sort of fish am I going to...?
Some snapper, predominantly.
-Snapper, yes. They're a really good eating fish.
-A great table fish.
-So I believe.
You can probably get pearl perch out here, maybe a few tuna floating around.
I'm going to catch one before you will.
If you can't catch a fish here, you can't catch one anywhere.
-David would love this.
-David would love fishing but I hope they're enjoying the surfing.
David and Mark finally seem to be getting the hang of it.
And it's made them think more positively about the move.
It was good fun. See if I move out here, I'll be doing this every day.
-It would be amazing.
-Surfing is a very big positive for Australia.
I'd definitely move for it.
These Baywatch boys are becoming more Australian by the second.
I will catch something, don't worry.
Well, this is what I expected.
This is fabulous.
Life's too short to just to work until you drop, so I want to do something different.
And the way I feel at the moment, I'll come here.
I want to come here.
Oh, is that one, Andrew?
I think he's off.
-Lift him up, mate.
-Look at the colour of him.
Keep your fingers away from his teeth.
-Will it bite?
-There we go.
-First Australian fish.
-Now you've got to kiss him and throw him back!
-Are you pleased?
Look how calm it is. It's fantastic.
It's nice and quiet, as well. It is lovely.
It's certainly worth moving to the other side of the world, or 11,000 miles, for this.
-You think so?
-Must tell Dave in work. We're going!
So, after their action-packed day on the Gold Coast,
are they going to vote for their lifestyle in the UK, or Australia?
Based on today's experience, which was absolutely fantastic,
I'm going to say, my lifestyle choice would be...
-I will choose Australia.
Because everything we've got over here, you can do...
Well, not everything, but loads of the stuff you can do over here, you can do in the UK as well.
You'll change your mind.
The Aussie lifestyle still hasn't convinced Mark.
Back home, both boys have a close-knit group of friends, who they'd hate to leave behind.
Andrew and Sharon want them to make new friends down under, and they have a trick up their sleeve.
They're taking the boys to join a training session
with the Ferny Grove Falcons junior Aussie Rules football club.
And the boys have no idea.
You're kidding me on.
It looks quite good. Not that I play rugby.
Do you fancy it?
I don't know.
Once again, David has enough problems just getting dressed.
Yeah, I'm up for it. It'll be great fun.
I'm kind of nervous I'll embarrass myself.
If not already!
You just put the shirt on back to front!
Mark gets a motivational team talk from elder brother David.
Right, pretend you know a bit about it. Don't show yourself up.
Do it for Scotland. Come on!
Will the hard-nosed Aussies be impressed with our Scottish novices?
Aussie Rules footy - Australian Rules footy - have a look at that.
They don't get any better than that - pure leather.
So what's Aussie Rules football all about?
Player Brian Clark will tell us.
The aim of the game is to score more points than your skirt-wearing opponents.
We've got four posts at either end of the field.
Two tall ones in the middle, and two smaller posts on the outside.
To score a goal, or six points, you've got to kick the ball between the two tall posts.
To move the ball around the ground, there are two main ways.
There's kicking, the main way to move the ball -
kick it out of our hands, as opposed to along the ground.
And handballing, which is holding the football in your hand and punching it with your fist.
To play Australian football, you've got to have courage, you've got to have toughness.
So toughen up, Pommies - stop falling over the first sign of contact, and play a real man's game.
-Play Aussie Rules!
-David and Mark are doing just that. But can they hack it?
It's not long before they're getting stuck in.
Sharon and Andrew are seeing the benefits immediately.
That would be a wonderful way of getting them integrated,
right enough - a couple of the nights training.
It's what they need, a bit of discipline.
I meant to do that!
You got a goal.
Do you need to be big, strong and muscly for this game?
It does help a lot. If you're fit and you've got all right skills, you're going to do OK.
You don't have to be big.
Wise words, and the boys seem to be fitting in just fine.
You're welcome to come down any time you want.
So, how did they enjoy their first taste of Aussie Rules?
-Would you like to do it again?
-Yeah, I would do it again, I would do it again.
You wouldn't be without friends for that long if you came over here.
Everyone is genuinely really friendly.
The boys may be starting to realise that they could make friends here.
But they're still undecided.
And they'd have to leave their family in the UK.
Will hearing from loved ones back home make the decision even harder?
We've prepared some messages from their friends and family in Scotland.
Hi, Sharon, Andrew, David and Mark.
-Hi, Sharon and Andrew, Mark and David.
Sharon has always been a free spirit,
and she calls a spade a shovel!
-And I always admired her for that.
-Sharon's very good at
talking you through and trying to help you with a situation.
She's very organised, she's very athletic,
because she loves doing her running and her climbing.
Andrew's a good worker. He's good at doing things in the house.
He's my baby.
David is great. He's a good friend to have because
he's quite caring and everything.
He's just kind of somebody there for me who I can
just talk to about these kind of things that would go on in my life.
He's the same with me.
I've known Mark for the best part of 11 years.
And it'd be really strange to see him leave,
because it'd be a different atmosphere.
He's always with me, having fun, hanging around.
It just wouldn't be the same without him.
They like laughing at me!
They're nice guys.
I think about Sharon and the children all the time, every day, every night.
They're always there. And Andrew.
As a family they have their ups and downs. They know that
Paul and I are always there for them.
We've seen the kids when they were that...
The age of three, up to the age they are just now, you know.
I would miss them.
If they do, I wish them all the luck in the world.
But I wish they wouldn't.
David, do not go, whatever you do. You have to stay here.
Don't go, and stay - and keep your Celtic season ticket.
I hope you're enjoying yourself, Mark. And please, don't go.
I hope you enjoy Australia. But come back.
I wish youse every happiness.
Hope to see you soon.
I'll see you soon. Eh?
-That was quite difficult, actually.
-It was really difficult.
You think, why on earth would you want to take yourself away
from everyone that you know and you love, to come somewhere you've just dropped out of the sky?
What's made you cry more? Grandpa?
Gran? Your buds?
-I don't... I don't want to go.
-You don't want to leave anybody?
Now you're crying, Dad!
I'm not as tough as I thought I was.
Listen, the world's a small place. I want to come here and give it a try.
A couple of years, that's all we need to do.
It's not... It's not the end of the world.
A phone call, you know. It's sad seeing them say these things.
I don't like upsetting my family.
Having seen how much they mean to their loved ones, the Hannahs are back to square one.
I was sort of moved towards the idea of moving here.
But then just seeing that video there sort of
destroyed any thought of me moving across here.
It just made me want to stay in the UK completely.
I actually feel angry at Mum and Dad now that they're actually honestly considering leaving them.
When I think about it, I'm really happy at home.
It's not me that wants to go. It's them.
They want to take us away. And nobody actually wants us to leave.
And even Sharon's having seconds thoughts.
I said it wouldn't matter if David and Mark didn't want to come. I would make them come
cos they're my children, and they had to because I loved them and they'd be with me.
But I don't know now when I see that video, and I see how much
their friends mean to them and how much they mean to their friends and my family.
Taking us all away from all of that, everything that we know and love,
I don't know if it's the thing to do.
I don't know. Really, I'm not sure. I don't know what to do.
Andrew is now the only one flying the Australian flag.
Maybe I'm being selfish - I want to do this.
It's the last opportunity to do it.
If we don't do it now, we'll live to regret it.
Could this change everything?
We're going to show the Hannahs that good friends aren't always on the other side of the planet.
-How are you doing? I'm Brian.
We've arranged for them to meet Brian and Katherine Callaghan,
and their kids, Erin, Rose and young Brian.
They moved to Brisbane over ten years ago.
After seeing his own family back home, Andrew's keen to find out how easy it is to fit in.
Is it easy enough to make friends when you first come over, aye?
Yeah, just through the sport. The boys playing football, or soccer, as the Australians call it.
So they join a football team.
You've got 14, 15 other parents there.
Yeah, that was one of the best things, just getting involved with sport and that.
You definitely meet a lot of people there.
Got quite a wide range of friends.
-You make them quite easily?
-It's been good.
Sharon's concerned about leaving loved ones behind.
-There are certainly people you miss.
-You miss your family?
I miss my family.
But I find you go back and they're just the same - they love you being back.
Mark is 15 and he's really worried about leaving behind all his friends and acquaintances.
Never mind my family also, but his friends, he's upset that he's
going to cut all these ties and not settle, and find it hard to make friends when he gets here.
You'd be very popular with the girls, Mark!
Everyone loves someone with an accent, don't they?
-Aye, just get stuck in. Help yourselves.
As the Hannahs enjoy their first Aussie barbie, young Brian gives David some food for thought.
There are many opportunities here that you couldnae pass up, to be honest.
Over here, the weather's brilliant.
Back home, what's Scotland got?
-Rain every day.
-In fact, none of the Callaghans have a bad word to say about life down under.
Did you think the grass was greener, though?
I think the grass is greener here, but I do think you need to cut it just the same.
-I do think it's a bit green.
-I just think it's an opportunity.
Come out, have a look. We've been here ten, 11 years, absolutely love it. Good lifestyle.
So, yeah, go for it.
That's what I want to hear - positive advice.
Young family, good opportunities - why not? Why not?
The Hannahs have found kindred spirits.
And with their outgoing personalities, they'll never find it hard to meet people.
-Life's too short.
-Absolutely. Too right.
-Nice seeing you, Andrew.
Have a nice rest of the trip.
Yeah, thank you. I really appreciate that. It was lovely to meet you.
-Andrew, all the best.
It was all good. Really good.
And I was all crying this morning.
I'm different now. I'm delighted. I'm coming to Brisbane.
I think I'm going to come. Mark...
There's a Brisbane Celtic Supporters' Club, so I'd probably be in there
every weekend and see them if we moved over here.
It was good meeting the family. They were really nice, they were friendly.
It shows you how quickly you can make friends in this country.
Ah, you'll never know. We might move. Not sure.
See, if Mum and Dad are happy, the children are happy.
If we're happy here,
you'll soon become happy, seeing that we're smiling.
Yeah, I suppose so.
So, will they vote for old friends back home, or making new ones in Australia?
I'm going to vote...
Oh, dear. Will Andrew ever see his dream fulfilled?
It looks like the boys are digging their heels in.
Oh, I don't know why they do these things.
They just do because they're wee boys and they don't understand.
They have the rest of their lives to live, but they want to live at home.
Does Andrew think the boys understand how much they upset him?
No. Not at all.
It's the biggest decision we could probably ever make,
because it would change our lives if we lived here or we lived there.
Who knows what we would be like if we stay in Glasgow, and who knows
what we would be like if we come over here?
If you walk away from me, who are you going to go to, eh? They're wee boys.
I'm undecided as well. It's because...
Having been here, I've seen it's like a really, really nice place.
But I don't see myself living here.
It's the end of the Hannahs' week-long Australian experience.
They've had an amazing time.
But, as far as deciding, they've been swayed one way and another.
The family is still split down the middle. It's time for the final vote.
Will David and Mark give their parents the answer they want?
I have decided I'll move here.
When I think about it, it's far better.
But the only downside is I'm leaving behind my family and my great friends.
But when I think about it overall, it's much better for me to live here
than it is to live in Scotland, I'd say.
I'd love to come here on holiday, but...
it's just Glasgow is where I live.
I love Glasgow.
The prospects for the boys are excellent, and I'm going to insist that they come.
Against their will, probably.
But I want them to come. I do want them to come.
This is a...
an opportunity. We can't...
let it go past us. We've got to go for this.
We've got to go for this.
What an emotional week for the Hannahs.
It ended up three against one.
Perhaps Mark can be persuaded?
Only time will tell.
Join us again next time when we follow another family who are Wanted Down Under.
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Series in which British families, keen to trade in the British weather for the down-under lifestyle, are given the chance to sample what life would be like if they moved to the other side of the world.
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