Families sample Australian life. The Wilson family from Liverpool want more space and better weather to enjoy an outdoor life, so they try out life in Perth for a week.
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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.
Tanya Wilson dreams of a new life Down Under.
I've got a good life here, but I still think there is more.
It's an opportunity not to be missed.
Husband, Jon, wants the best for his family.
The boys are getting bigger now, I don't want to miss any more of their childhood.
You'd be doing them a big favour if you came.
But leaving family behind them to make the move could tear everything in two.
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hopefully it would be closer.
How do you feel about moving?
I don't know. Just don't even go there.
At the moment it is 50/50 whether I come or stay,
I really don't know what way I'm going to go.
Australia is still popular with Brits wanting to emigrate.
With its population of just over 21 million and its agreeable climate,
it provides many with their ideal lifestyle.
For people under 45 with a skill in demand it could be a realistic
option to make the move, but, if you've never even set foot Down Under, it's a massive challenge.
We've given another British family the opportunity
to spend a week Down Under, to see if it's all they dreamt it would be.
After that, they'll have to make a decision, one way or the other,
to stay in the UK or to move to Australia.
Jon and Tanya Wilson, along with their two boys, 13-year-old Calum and 12-year-old Owen,
are about to leave their home in Liverpool to try out what life would be like in Australia.
The Wilsons have long considered the possibility of emigrating.
As an active family with aspirations of a better life, they think a move Down Under might be the answer.
I want to go to Australia, basically to start a new life and improve the one we've got here.
We've got a good life here, but I think there is more and better to do.
We think it's going to be better for the boys.
Once they leave school, there will be more opportunities for them.
And the boys aren't shy.
When Mum and Dad told us we might be going to Australia, I just said,
"Mum, when can I start packing?"
I'm just going to like the new standard of living, a new lifestyle, hopefully better.
But for Tanya, this would mean leaving her younger sister, Amy, a new mum herself.
Following a family illness, Tanya cared for and helped raise Amy.
She's very close to Amy, it is more like mother and daughter.
They are very, very close.
As you can see she's already started crying,
we are only talking about it, we haven't even gone anywhere yet.
She's too close, really.
If it was possible, we would be glued at the hip.
She's been everything to me since she was born.
The effects of a move Down Under aren't lost on the boys either.
If we moved over there, we wouldn't be part,
kind of be part of the family anymore.
We wouldn't see them at all.
Jon would also have to say goodbye to all of his friends at work.
A baker by trade, Jon has worked in his local supermarket for 16 years
and it's a profession in demand in Australia.
The job I'd like to get over there would still be in baking, but I would like to get out
of the supermarket, see if I can still hack it in a smaller bakery.
That's where I started. Go back to my roots, as they say.
A baker by day he might be, but by night, Jon is part of a family dynasty.
If they make the move, one activity the Wilsons are determined not to give up is karate.
When we go out to Australia, one of the added benefits is that
karate that we do here, out there, that is where it was founded.
So we will still be able to train together as a family.
The Wilsons would have to leave behind all of the friends they have
made through karate, but Jon's main concern is his mum and dad.
They're both in their 70s, me mum is quite fit and healthy, but me dad is in frail health.
It does worry me.
At the moment, if anything goes wrong we are only around the corner.
If we go to Australia, when we get on the plane it could be the last time we see me mum and dad.
The Wilsons have some difficult decisions to make in the coming week,
but Jon's trying to keep in mind what's most important.
I've got the time, I've got the boys. That's my family.
That's what me mum always says, it's your family, that comes first, no-one else matters.
When your mum tells you that, you've got to believe that, cos your mum's never wrong.
For their week Down Under, we're sending the Wilsons to Perth, the capital of Western Australia.
Situated between the bush and the western seaboard,
Perth has a relatively small commercial centre,
busy during the day with office workers, shoppers and diners.
This area is surrounded by city suburbs, offering a mixture of apartment and town house living.
The suburbs spread out north and south along the coast.
The further you go, the more you can get for your property pound.
We found three possible lifestyles for our 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?
The Wilsons could make the most of the shops and cafes
on their doorstep with a home in one of the inner-city suburbs.
There will be plenty of potential work options nearby for Jon,
who could expect to earn about £400 a week.
But property close to the city centre doesn't come cheap.
Stylish three-bedroomed apartments such as this one in east Perth cost £360,000.
The Wilsons could find more affordable options but a lack of space might be an issue.
So, very different from their life in the UK, but what about the second option?
You could find the perfect combination of sun and sea
in one of Perth's many coastal districts.
For Jon, prospective work would be a 15-minute drive away,
but coastal property within a short commute to the city comes at a high price.
Four-bedroom houses like this can cost more than £500,000.
It could be a stretch too far for Jon and Tanya.
However, affluent suburbs like Sorrento boast friendly,
well-established communities with nearby yachting clubs which would provide
the perfect opportunity for the Wilsons to enjoy a leisurely lifestyle.
That all looks very inviting, but what about the third option?
Travel to the outer suburbs of Perth
and you can get a three-bedroom, two-bathroom character cottage
like this one in Green Mount for £210,000.
With parks and open spaces, Green Mount offers great views over the city,
which would be a 20-minute drive away from Jon's potential work.
With this option, the Wilsons could find themselves an affordable family home in a picturesque neighbourhood,
only a stone's throw away from the Swan River.
So three very different possibilities for our family to try.
But which one did we decide would suit them best?
With the short commute and reasonably priced housing,
we thought life in the country would best suit the Wilsons.
We have lined up Jon with a job to try out...
It's a long time since I've done this.
..and a selection of housing options.
It's deceiving, isn't it?
And they get a view of Aussie lifestyle they'll never forget.
I'm not sure whose bright idea this was...Jon?
But, will it be enough to help them make the biggest decision of their lives?
I really don't know what way I'm going to go.
The Wilsons are heading off for the week to sample life Down Under.
Tanya and Jon hope Australia will provide
the fresh start they're looking for, and Owen's been packed for months!
Perth has a lot to live up to in the Wilsons' eyes.
They have a busy week ahead of them.
After a 9,000 mile journey and 18 hours in the air, they are relieved to be on terra firma.
That was the worst landing ever. It was like being on a roller-coaster. Just glad to be down now.
A long journey, very long. A bit tired, but we're here now.
It seems that Owen is not cut out for long-distance flying.
I've got a numb bum.
At least Owen won't have to sit in the car for long as the journey is almost over.
The Wilsons are staying in a four-bedroom house in the northern suburb of Currambine,
only a 20 minute drive from Jon's work and five minutes from the beach.
House-proud Tanya is keen not to ruin any first impressions.
Don't forget to wipe your feet, boys.
The rain is just as wet here as it is at home.
That's all right. No telly, yet, mate.
Don't worry, boys, I'm sure we'll find you one later.
Off the front reception room is the master bedroom with en suite.
And jet-lagged Owen is happy to make the most of the first bed he finds.
Get off the bed, it's not bedtime yet!
Behind the master bedroom is an open plan dining, kitchen and living area.
There, you see, dinner at the table for you, mister.
Oh, this is nice.
-The first time you've seen your mum in a kitchen!
Dishwasher, your chains are broken.
Thank goodness for mod cons, hey, Jon?
A family home like this with four bedrooms would cost about £250,000.
Tanya and Jon are impressed by the size.
Got it all screened up.
-This is almost as big as the living room.
-It is. Nice.
With the canopy you could sit out here anyway. Even though it's raining, it's not cold.
No, it's not cold. It would be nice in the summer.
That wasn't very nice.
Never mind, hey?
Well, Mum and Dad certainly seem glad to be here,
even if they weren't expecting fun and games in the rain.
As Owen's wishes come true, Tanya and Jon's thoughts turn to the week ahead.
-This week's important to us.
-It's gonna be an eye-opener.
I suppose I was a bit worried, but coming over, it's...
-You're here, now, so.
-Yeah, I'm here now, so the nerves have gone.
Now the nerves have gone, see what the job entails, see what I've got to do.
We'll just have to wait and see, won't we?
Back in the UK, Tanya and Jon live in a four-bedroom house
on the outskirts of Liverpool which they bought in 1994 for £31,000.
In Australia, they want a three bedroom house for about £160,000, depending on what work Jon can find
and what they can get for their UK property.
We found three suitable homes for sale.
The first is in Camillo, an older inland suburb.
There is a park at the end of the road for the boys to have a kick about.
It's only a 30-minute drive from Jon's potential work.
This four-bedroom property is on the market for £170,000 -
just over the Wilsons' budget.
So, with a bit of negotiation, they should be able to afford it.
-That doesn't look too bad already, does it?
-The garden's nice.
The first impressions are good.
Nice entrance, isn't it?
This is nice, I like this room. Mellow.
I quite like the archways you come through.
-The kitchen's nice.
-A fair-sized kitchen.
I quite like this.
I like the integrated fridge.
Somebody's been reading the estate agent brochures!
Now, mind that step, oops.
Wow! This is deceiving, this is.
It leads into another room again.
Tanya and Jon soon see the potential of the next room.
This is where youse would be, out of my way.
-You wouldn't have to see them for a couple of hours.
And if we could lock the door on them, that would be even better.
Leading off the playroom is the first of the bedrooms.
I don't know if it would be a master bedroom or a kid's room.
It's massive for a bedroom.
This is kind of like a dressing room.
You could always turn into a little boxroom.
A guest room. Yeah, big enough for a guest room.
Isn't it? Or for my walk-in wardrobe.
Not enough room for your shoes.
Tanya will be pleased to see there's plenty of storage space in the next room.
And it is still spacious.
It seems bit dark, but that is probably because you have the veranda at the front, but it's nice.
After a quick look at the rest of the house, the Wilsons are keen
to check out something they've spotted in the back garden.
Wow! Look at this.
-You've got your swimming pool, look at that.
-Whose job is it going to be to clean this?
Just like everything else.
Never mind, Jon.
Oh, it's freezing.
It's winter, dear, winter.
You still have the rest of the garden.
This is really nice.
As well as the pool, there is an al fresco dining area and a fruit and vegetable plot.
I could see myself sitting out here having a beer. I like this.
The price isn't too bad, either.
No, what was it, 339?
It is probably about £170,000 at home.
That is good.
Especially with a swimming pool.
-A fair-sized garden.
I do like this.
While the boys take another look around, Jon and Tanya discuss finances.
-Would you live here?
Quite easy. We couldn't afford this back home.
No. The point of fact, just having a swimming pool in the back, that would put on thousands.
It looks like this is ideal.
Well, that went down well, let's hope we haven't peaked too soon.
Property two is further south in the suburb of Parmelia.
More of an established neighbourhood, it's green and leafy
with open spaces and areas of natural scrubland.
Although this would mean a 40-minute commute to Jon's potential work,
you do get more for your money further out in the suburbs.
On the market for £160,000,
this property is just within the Wilson's budget.
This room's quite nice.
It's quite deceiving.
What would they make of the kitchen?
That's a big kitchen, isn't it?
Enough room for my mince pies.
The table in the middle, I don't know about that, I might have to
do something alternative there, but it's a nice big kitchen, I like this.
-But if they think that room's spacious...
-This is big.
This is a big room, isn't it?
You could have this as your lounge, effectively, couldn't you?
Just so you're not even at the front of the house. You could come and kick back in here.
So everyone likes the living area, but what about the sleeping quarters?
-This is probably me and your mum's room.
-This is nice.
The master bedroom is a decent size, and has fitted wardrobes, but it's a different matter for the boys.
This is nice, but a bit small.
A bit cramped.
That's all right. This is your room, Owen!
Owen might want to rethink that when he sees next door.
So there is only one big bedroom and two small rooms.
-This is a small room. By the time you get a wardrobe in...
-There will be nowhere to walk.
Will the outside get a better reaction?
Wow, this is really magnificent.
This is the sheltered entertaining area. The swimming pool is missing
but you can see yourself sitting back and relaxing.
There's me rotary washing line.
Permanent fixtures in these houses, aren't they?
The lack of a pool doesn't seem to be much of an issue, but...
I prefer the other one. This has a bigger garden but the other one was so much nicer.
The bedrooms were bigger. That's my thing.
-So, house number one so far.
OK, then, a joint decision.
Yeah, makes a change, doesn't it?
So, Tanya and Jon are in agreement and property one is the clear favourite.
Time to see if we can even the odds with house number three.
The last property is in Ellenbrook.
Reclaimed from the open scrubland that surrounds it, it is only 20 minutes from Jon's potential work.
This brand new northern suburb is so new the shopping centre is still being built.
It's a family friendly area with parks and open spaces.
This three-bedroom, two-bathroom property
is on the market for £180,000.
It is just above the Wilsons' budget,
but something that they could aspire to in the future.
This is a nice room.
I like it. It is big enough for what we would want.
So far so good.
-It's not too bad.
-This is nice and big, isn't it?
-No built in wardrobe - oh, yeah, behind the door.
-This is my room.
It's an en suite, it's Mummy's room!
I don't think you'll win that one, Owen.
So what do they make of the contemporary, open plan living?
-So this is nice.
What do you think of the open plan?
It's all right. You can't shut the noise out, but, it's light and airy.
What about the rest of the house?
It's done out like a study, but it's big enough for a bedroom and/or a study.
It's not too small. Your room?
Probably because it is already messy.
At last, we've found a home for Owen.
After a quick look round at the last bedroom, it is time to see what they make of the outside space.
Their hopes are high.
This is nice.
You can smell the honeysuckle.
Oh dear. There is not much more to be said.
The house is good, but the garden lets the house down.
Can we lift this house up and put it with the other garden, or bring the other garden here?
If we could do that, I would bring my house from home, but we can't.
Oh dear, property three has not lived up to expectations,
and it's given the Wilsons lots to think about.
I haven't been disappointed, but I haven't been thrilled to bits.
My house in Liverpool I'm spoiled with,
but the properties here they haven't got the storage space that I think a family needs to contain its memories.
That's the one disappointing aspect I found in all three.
It has made me think about the house in the UK, so I've got some thinking to do now.
We've shown the Wilsons three properties in Perth.
The first house was in Camillo.
It was just above their budget at £170,000, but they loved the living areas with the garden and pool.
The second house at £160,000 was within their budget, and although
they liked the kitchen, they decided that the bedrooms were too small.
The third property was a bit more expensive at £180,000,
and they liked the light and bright contemporary features, but the lack of outside space was a big issue.
It's certainly been a day of delights and disappointments for the Wilsons,
but has it been enough to choose Australia over their home in the UK?
Time to vote.
It's been a long day, thought-provoking, and...
although it's hasn't been disappointing, some of the property has not been what we expected.
The vote is ... Australia!
And that has surprised me.
-That surprised me, too.
-It's not surprised me.
Storage isn't everything, is it?
I've got a rotary, so, Australia it is.
But what if the Wilsons can't afford property one?
Later, Jon and Tanya discover the current value of their UK home.
It will put a lot of people off, this is.
They find out how much everyday life Down Under will actually cost.
It's a bit dearer over here.
-Yeah, it looks it.
-I don't think it's going to be as easy as we thought.
The Wilsons' plan on owning property in Australia will depend on Jon finding a good job.
Will he be able to earn enough to finance a move Down Under and the new lifestyle they dreamt about?
Back home in Liverpool, Jon works as a baker in his local supermarket.
He's been there 16 years.
The people he works with have become like an extended family to him.
Experienced bakers like Jon earn around £20,000 in the north-west of England,
and as he would be the main bread winner, excuse the pun, it is vital
that Jon finds a good position that pays as well as in the UK.
Jon is up early to sample work in Perth and the pressure is on.
With me being the main visa applicant,
this job interview, or see what the job is like,
it is pretty much important.
If I don't like the job or my skills aren't up to standard, the whole move is off.
I'm a bit anxious about the work.
Tanya and the boys are spending some time together, exploring the delights of Perth's cafe culture.
So what do you like the look of?
Wow, look at the size of those Danish.
Jon is visiting a bakery in Malaga in north Perth.
It is vital that the day's work goes well.
He is meeting owner Kingsley Sullivan, a producer of speciality breads.
The bakery combines state-of-the-art equipment with time-honoured baking practices.
About 70% of our production is in genuine sour dough bread.
-Have you done much with real sour dough?
-Not for a long time.
-When I first started.
Yeah, but with work being in the supermarkets it is bring it in the bag.
There is no sour.
These starters are now 16 years old.
They have been in flour and water every day for 16 years.
We use that, we use no commercial yeast in our sour dough breads at all.
So this is genuine, real artisan bread-making.
Kingsley shows Jon how it is done.
As you can see, we have four mixers, two arms, with removable bowls,
so when the dough is mixed we pull it off.
You leave it in the bowl and it bulk ferments for two hours.
In the UK, Jon works very long hours, so doesn't get much time to be with Tanya and the boys.
She's hoping if they were to move to Australia, they would be able to
-spend more quality time together.
-I don't like the sound of that.
-They have iced chocolate with ice-cream and whipped cream.
-Are you guys ready to order?
-Yep, we're getting there.
Can we have a lemon slice, please?
And I would like one of those long Danish twist things with the fruit.
Yours isn't quite a local accent, is it?
No, it's not. I've been in Australia for about three years, now.
We moved from Taunton in Somerset.
We don't miss the UK, because of how welcoming people are.
It is hard. We still have family there. My parents are
in Perth now and my brother is in Perth, but we have gained a new niece since we've been out here.
Our best friend has had a boy, so we haven't seen them, but we'll visit next year.
How about you? Are you excited about everything you'd be doing here in school, learning to surf?
I think you actually learn how to surf in school, you actually get lessons.
-So that's OK.
Now I'm excited about going to school!
Tanya knows, the more she enjoys Perth, the more of a dilemma
she faces if she is going to decide to leave her family in the UK.
Back in the bakery, Jon is getting stuck in.
Will it stop automatically at the top? I won't go through the roof?
Jon's been let loose on the dough, which, after two hours
of bulk fermenting, is lifted up and tipped into a hopper.
The bakery here is very different to what I'm used to.
Back in the UK, I open a bag of concentrate, a block of yeast, a bag of flour,
so it's totally an alien environment for me, but it's what I want to do.
Something that I've wanted to get back to for many years.
It's the way bread should be made, with a bit of love and a bit of care.
But Tanya and the boys are more interested in the end results!
Is it all right?
Better than your dad could make?
Is that nice and warm?
Wait until your dad finds out we have come to a pastry shop whilst he was working.
He is going to be disappointed.
-A bit mean, isn't it?
-I might save a bit for Dad...
Jon will just have to make his own.
It's a long time since I've done this, yeah?
It feels good, though.
Jon finds he is a bit out of practice.
It is taking me a while, I'm a bit heavy-handed.
But he soon gets up to speed.
Meanwhile, Tanya and the boys have come down to a local park to have
a kick about, but, while Owen and Calum burn up some energy, Tanya can't help thinking about home.
Even if Jon comes back from work and he's had a really good day
and the boys are all for coming to Australia...
..I know that I've still got to make a decision to leave Amy, leave my brothers and sisters.
Everything needs a lot of thought and thinking is all I have done.
After working alongside Kingsley's team, Jon is hoping that he has cut the mustard.
How did you find that?
Totally different, but I really enjoyed it.
How easy is it for me to get a job out in Australia?
What we're after is really, really good bakers.
If you love what you do, if you're a passionate baker,
you would have no trouble getting a job anywhere in Australia.
That's great news, but Jon needs to know how the pay compares.
What's the salary like in Australia?
A good qualified baker should be looking for about 800 a week.
That is between 40,000 and 50,000 a year.
That is based on a 37.5 hour week.
In the UK, it is similar, on about £18,000 to £20,000, but that's on a 50-hour week.
It is what Jon was wanting to hear, as that would mean more pay for less hours.
That's what we want to come for, to spend more time as a family.
The boys are getting bigger, now.
Very soon they will say they don't want to go out with Dad today, they want to go out with the girls.
I don't want to miss any more of their childhood.
Well, I can tell you one thing about Australia, Jon, there's no better place to bring up children.
You'd be doing them a big favour if you came.
Jon's clearly excited about his work prospects Down Under,
but Tanya is struggling to contemplate leaving her younger sister, Amy.
They've been incredibly close ever since Amy was born.
To Tanya it would be like leaving a daughter behind. It would be heart-wrenching.
When I first told Amy that we were planning on emigrating to Australia,
I had to tell her with her twin sister present.
I knew for a fact she'd break down and she did.
It will be hard.
It will be hard.
But she has said for us to go for it.
Being a mum herself now, she wants the best for her daughter.
And see understands that I want the best for my boys too.
At the end of the day, Tanya's dreams of a better life for Owen and Calum
rest on Jon finding good work.
He seems to have been impressed by what he has seen so far.
So how will he vote?
It's been a really good day.
I've thoroughly enjoyed it.
The lads are a really good bunch of lads. My vote today is..
Jon wants to make his dream of a life Down Under work, but later Tanya breaks under the pressure.
How are you going to feel about leaving Amy?
I don't know, just don't even go there.
Oops, she's put out.
For Jon and Tanya, a major selling point of Australia is its outdoor lifestyle.
The Wilsons love being active as a family.
So we thought we'd give them a sporting challenge they could all enjoy together.
The Wilsons are used to having to make the most of their Liverpool garden.
If they were to move to Australia, they would have amazing opportunities
to use all of the outdoor pursuit facilities that are provided for the locals in cities like Perth.
They have come to an activity centre at a marina.
Owen, look at this!
-It's good, isn't it?
The Wilsons will be putting themselves to the test
on a challenging high ropes adventure course.
The rest of the family are hoping that Dad will have more time to
enjoy things like this with them if they were to move Down Under.
Jon works 50 hours a week in the UK, making this kind of outing difficult to arrange.
After comprehensive safety training and being fitted with harnessing and helmets,
instructor Lorena Cruise Parker gives them the briefing they will need.
Plucky Owen is the first to give it a go.
-Come on, O.
-Nearly there, now, step up.
It's freezing down here.
The Wilsons have to make their way across an impressive trail of rope bridges,
netting and platforms suspended on an aerial circuit up to ten metres high.
Owen is the one that we worry about when it comes to the outside activities.
He is a bit of a worrier.
If we come to Australia it will be really good to get Owen
outside a bit more, encourage him to do a few more things,
encourage him to join a few more clubs, give him a kick up the bum and see how he goes from there.
Just one more step, Owen...
..and you're there.
Jon brings up the rear and is keen not to lag behind.
Calum seems to be taking to the Aussie adventure.
I'm not sure whose bright idea this was, Jon?
Is that you?
I haven't touched it, honest.
The wind is worse now.
It comes to something when you are higher than the birds
-and we don't have feathers.
-The time to worry is when you're higher than the trees.
Just behave, cos if you look below me, there is a tree!
If they take a leap of faith and make the move,
Tanya is hoping that the family's quality of life would improve.
With the move to Australia, I'm hoping that the boys will
get involved in more outdoor activities, there does seem to be a lot more on offer.
When we came into the area and saw the amount of activities available,
the boys were in awe and they wanted to do everything.
It is certainly character building and the Wilsons help each other to the finish line...
I enjoyed that.
..where there is a much quicker, fun way of coming down.
-I don't fancy that.
It's not something that the Wilsons are going to forget in a hurry.
-You try it, because I ain't.
-Legs up in the air. Hold on.
Go on, Mum!
Jump! Jump! Jump! Jump!
I can't go upside down.
Perth, and Australia itself, is living up to my expectations,
this is the sort of lifestyle that I'm looking for.
-Just sit into it, and... oh, my
The lifestyle is a lot more than what I expected, it really is good.
All the people we have met have been really friendly.
We could do this, could really enjoy it.
Jon's having a great time. A new life Down Under will be a challenge.
It could be fun, but will they be doing it together?
We've had a fantastic day out today.
Everybody's enjoyed themselves.
Scares and thrills, most definitely character-building.
Today we'll be voting for...
Only kidding, Australia!
You didn't fool us, Tanya.
It's clear the Wilsons have all been impressed by their taste of active Aussie lifestyle, but, coming up,
their views on a life Down Under are seriously put to the test, when they get messages from back home.
So, I'm not going to go to the airport.
I will do me crying here when they have gone. We are just hoping we can keep it in.
If the Wilsons want to make the move to Australia, they have to be realistic about their finances.
They will need to get a good price for their house back in Liverpool.
In 1994, the Wilsons bought this four-bedroom house for £31,000.
They estimate it is now worth about £110,000.
But what's the true value in the current climate?
We sent around two estate agents to assess the property.
The Wilsons' dream of a life Down Under depend on a good valuation.
We have a DVD to show them of the estate agents' findings.
Your light's always on!
OK, nice, big room.
Good sized dining room. Multi-use.
Interesting colour laminate.
Nice flooring. Character features.
Nice, modern kitchen.
Great for a family.
Good-sized second bedroom, but it will have to be re-decorated, definitely.
-Hey, that took me forever!
-'It could put a lot of people off, this.'
'A spacious light bedroom, good size for wardrobes, great.'
The garden is a mess.
It's lived in, isn't it, more than anything. It's got to be lived in.
This is a four-bedroom property, end terrace.
It is on predominantly ex-council estate, which does have a negative impact on the valuation.
They think it is worth £110,000.
At the moment, we would look at this in the present market
to market it at £125,000.
For a quick sale, we would be looking at £110,000.
It is good news, as the house could be worth more than they thought.
But with so much riding on the value, what will the second agent say?
This is a good property in a good location and is close to local amenities.
All four bedrooms are a really good size.
I would put a really good valuation on this property at 105,
but for a quick sale, £95,000.
Pleased, impressed, otherwise?
Yeah, not too bad. Not too bad at all.
You've got a bit of decorating to do, but I'm impressed - my house looked good!
The Wilsons are quite pleased with how much their house is worth, but they need to take a closer look
at their entire finances to see if they can afford life Down Under.
We've provided the Wilsons with some details of everyday costs of living in Australia.
So while the boys make the most of the sunny weather, Jon and Tanya face up to some financial facts.
They even have council tax here, the same as at home.
-Yeah, it is a bit dearer over here.
-Yeah, it looks it.
The mortgage is dear as well.
That is depending on what we bring over and how much deposit we put down on the house.
The gas and electric is cheaper.
The online, the internet... is a little dearer, but not much.
The things that are dearer and cheaper, will probably even out.
Tanya is determined to be positive.
Let's have a look at the shopping list for food.
Sausages is cheaper, bread is dearer.
Just have to cut back on bread!
Have to make some more at home.
Fruit is cheaper, that is good.
Nothing scary there at all.
So the food is cheaper. The bills that are cheaper counteract the bills that are a bit dearer.
Overall we are not going to be worse off.
-I think we should be laughing, laughing all the way to Australia.
-Yeah, it will be nice.
But Jon is not as convinced.
He is hoping that they would be a lot better off.
Yeah, I think we can survive. I don't think it will be as easy as we'd thought.
I thought we'd have more money at the end of the month.
Although me wages are a bit higher, one thing will outweigh another.
It will be a bit harder than what I thought, but I think we can cope with that.
So, after crunching the numbers, how will they vote?
We've had our reality check,
between the cost of living in the UK and Australia.
Our vote is...Australia!
The Wilsons have a strong network of friends back in Liverpool.
Not least through their karate, but if you move to the other side
of the world, you leave all those friends behind.
So, how easy is it to make new ones in Australia?
The Wilsons are hoping the passion that they all have for martial arts will be a great way to meet
like-minded enthusiasts in Perth and get them launched on the social and sporting scene.
To get them started we have arranged for them to try out a class at a local university sport centre.
I'm not sure if I'm looking forward to the class or apprehensive.
The class is run by instructor Sensei Sam Sigers.
-Nice to meet you guys.
Do you want to follow me? The class is this way.
Yeah, that'd be great.
Wasting no time, Sam introduces the Wilsons to the rest of the team.
-Hi, guys. How's it going?
-Good, Sensei! How are you?
Good, thank you. This is the Wilson family, they are here from England to train with us tonight.
So, gather round, come say g'day and introduce yourself.
The Wilsons are all at different levels in their karate training and Jon's a bit worried.
-You're all instructors?
I'm an instructor since last year. It's a bit extra than a normal public class.
-It's a bit harder than normal, isn't it?
-A little bit.
Tanya is the most advanced of the family, at instructor level.
-How hard are you going to train us?
-How hard do you want to be trained?
My cheeks can glow a bit, I don't mind that.
-You will have a few beads of sweat rolling off your face.
-I don't do sweat!
-So, how long have you been training, Owen?
-On and off for a couple of years.
This will be an advanced class for you with black belts and instructors.
I'm all right, as long as you don't do sparring.
You'll be fine. We'll do basics, you do that in your other classes, so just have fun with it.
But before the class begins, Sam's keen for the Wilsons to meet other members.
How old are you, Calum?
-Same age as my son. He does karate as well.
He graded at brown belt earlier this year.
The winter sports gets in the way cos he plays rugby and football.
-I've seen it on the telly, I still don't understand!
There is no rules! Kick the ball, that's it.
Whereabouts do you guys train in England?
We train in Liverpool.
We train twice a week and teach as well.
So, you have your own dojo?
-Yes, I have.
-How many classes?
-Two classes on a Friday night.
-I have a Friday night class too.
They all seem very friendly so far, but, as the class starts limbering up, Owen is under no illusions.
What are you expecting from the class?
Sweat, blood and guts.
And Jon is anxious too.
Too many black belts for me. I might get my head taken off.
There is no backing out now.
Tanya and Calum are really getting into the swing of things
and Jon and Owen are just enjoying taking part.
While the boys strut their stuff, Jon takes a breather.
If we move to Australia, it's going to be a really good way to meet people and make friends because
with the karate we all have something in common.
Just to meet a few people here today, I could see us going out having a pint,
maybe going for a barbie with them. Just a really friendly bunch.
Tanya is in her element.
When I was getting ready to come to karate, I was a little bit anxious, training with different people,
different senseis, they all have a different technique to do something.
But it has taken me to a new high.
It was very good.
But she can't help thinking about the bigger picture.
If we were to come to Australia, it's going to be a whole new house, job and life. Everything all at once.
Obviously with it being our family, then we would have each other,
and the karate would ease things in a little more.
But...I'd be a liar if I said I wouldn't worry about it.
The boys are feeling positive.
Enjoyed it, really good. I loved that class.
-It has put my mind to rest.
You can make new friends.
Have a good laugh, like we can do in England.
Sam wants to know how they got on.
Did you enjoy it?
-Yeah, it was good.
-You were right, you did make me sweat.
-Good, I'm glad.
-Darling, it's "perspire"!
There is a couple of rules in karate - listen, look and sweat!
The friends the Wilsons have made through karate in the UK are a big part of their lives back home.
So will Australia match up?
Time to vote.
We've just done our karate class.
Had a really good training session.
Great sensei. Lovely people.
Heard a few stories, a few jokes.
The vote is for...
Back in the UK, the Wilsons have a strong family network.
Tanya is very close to her younger sister, Amy, having looked after her as a child.
A move to Australia would be heart-wrenching.
Jon's parents are a big part of the Wilsons' life, as they live around the corner.
As they're both in their 70s, leaving them would be a huge worry for Jon.
With his father having recently been admitted to hospital following a fall,
the decision to move would be even more difficult.
To help them consider the huge emotional decision
that moving to the other side of the world would mean,
we've recorded a series of messages from their loved ones back home.
'Hi, Jon! Hi, Jon, Tan and the boys.'
Hope everything is OK.
'Hi, Tannie, Jon, boys, hope you are all having a good time.'
'Jon, as a son, he's great.'
He is there if you want him.
He's not in your face all the while, don't get me wrong,
'but I only have to phone up and he says, "What?"'
He's a real family man.
Everything he does is for his wife and his boys.
'Tanya is everything to me.
'She's like a second mum
'and a best friend.'
Obviously, she is my sister, so also like a sister to me.
But she's the type of person who'd do anything for anybody.
'She is loving, caring, reliable, she is always there.'
We'll miss him but it's better opportunities for him.
'I will miss them, but I don't want them to stay for us.'
We're not going to last forever and then they'd be sorry they never went.
We'll go over there to see them, if it takes every penny we've got.
Tanya is good with Alicia, that is one of the things I will miss most.
I always thought she'd be around to see my children grow up.
It is not as if she'll be able to come down and take her to the city centre or on the swings,
just some of the things I thought she possibly would do with me.
Once they have gone, it is then you start missing them.
'Then starts sinking home, then.
'I'll miss everything about them.'
Jon's main concern, of course, and like, I'm sure, lots of people
in that situation, they are thinking of their parents.
That was a big thing for Jon and his wife.
They know I wouldn't get in touch with them unless it was...
I'd tell Tanya we're going for a check-up, but if it was anything more serious,
I would be honest with them and tell them.
It's the first time in a very long time that she has probably put herself first.
'So we all need to stop being so selfish and let her enjoy what she wants to do.'
I will not go to the airport.
I will do me crying here when they have gone, I just hope I can keep it in.
I'll miss... just the way she is with me,
the way she makes me feel when she comes over to stay.
I always thought if she ever moved it would be closer, but if she does move to Australia,
then that's good for her and we'll all be happy for her.
We wish you well. We hope you make the right decision.
We know you will, but don't forget when you come home the kettle is always on.
'Lots of luck.'
See you soon, enjoy it all, goodbye.
You've tried it. If you like it, good, if you don't like it the door's open and we love you very much.
Bye, boys, bye, Jon, Tanya.
'I'll miss Tanya very much.
'More than I can ever tell her.'
As I said, she's everything to me, she's done loads for me.
It will get easier in time when she's over there cos that's it...
but it will be very hard.
It wasn't too bad!
Everything was fine until I saw Amy's face.
Your mum is strong, ain't she?
Yeah, right at the end.
How much has that brought home to you?
It's a lot.
Me dad being in hospital as well.
Seeing all the messages from the friends and family and the affection that is within them,
it is hard to actually think about making the decision, based on them, to come out to Australia.
It's torn everything in two, now.
I didn't realise how hard that would be, but the one that really got me was me mum.
You know, the support that she's given me is unbelievable.
With me dad being in hospital, it's brought it home to us how far we are going to be away from them,
so at the moment it is 50/50 whether I come or stay.
I really don't know what way I'm going to go.
But for Tanya, thoughts of Amy are paramount.
I have and I would do anything for them.
But now she's returning everything that I have given her
by basically saying "Yes, I'm going to miss you..."
..and probably doesn't want us to go...
..but she's telling us to go anyway.
So that just shows what a great person she's grown into as well.
The boys have gone very quiet.
Seeing their friends and family has hit them hard, but they seem determined to keep a brave face.
The messages from home have given the Wilsons a lot to think about.
As a passing rain cloud brings the family together, Jon decides to test the mood of the camp.
How do you feel about leaving your nan and grandad behind?
Don't know yet.
He's getting upset.
-He has got feelings, then!
They've been the focal point of their life since they were born.
They have just lived in Liverpool and not known anything else.
How are you going to feel about leaving Amy?
-I don't know. Just don't even go there.
-Oops, she's off again.
Everybody, it seems, has been affected.
The boys have realised what's at stake.
Calum can't face the thought of leaving his grandparents.
I don't even want to talk about it. It's just...
It was really mind-changing. I've changed my thoughts,
I don't know if I want to pick Australia or England...or the UK.
I'm a bit lost in thoughts at the moment.
CALUM SPEAKS INCOHERENTLY
He says he's got no idea what he wants to do now.
Tanya does what mums do best, but will it be enough?
It's a big decision, isn't it?
Have the Wilsons all underestimated their ties to the UK?
Their week Down Under has brought home to them the reality of such a massive move.
It's the end of a long week in Perth for the Wilsons.
They all fell for house number one with its playing room and pool.
-Whose job is it going to be to clean this?
And Jon loved his experience at work, where he discovered he could work less and earn more.
What we are really after is good bakers, so if you love what you do,
if you are a passionate baker, you would have no trouble getting a job in Australia.
That's really good to hear.
The valuation on their house was a pleasant surprise and they were
all impressed by their taste of life Down Under.
But it was always going to be difficult for Tanya to contemplate leaving Amy.
I'll miss just the way she is with me,
the way she makes me feel when she comes down to stay.
Hearing messages from loved ones back home has left
the whole family questioning their dreams of a life Down Under.
Can the Wilsons overcome everything and choose a new life in Australia,
or is there just too much to leave behind?
It's time to vote.
This is our last day in Australia.
It's the final vote.
It's been a really busy, but enjoyable week.
Messages from friends and family, that was the real...
kick in the teeth, if you like.
It really was a hard decision after that, but we have thought long and hard about our decision
and our vote is...
I stumbled a bit then.
Yeah, I know, I'm very surprised it was an Australian vote.
-I didn't think you would leave Amy.
-No, I wasn't not too sure either,
but she is a grown-up girl and a mummy now. How are you doing, son?
I don't know.
It's hard, isn't it?
Maybe for the better, that's what you have to choose. What about you?
-You're just Owen, you go where we go.
The Wilsons voted for Australia, but it didn't come without a lot of heartbreak.
They are clearly struggling with their decision.
Let's hope it works out for them.
We wish them the best of luck for the future.
Join us again next time when we catch up with 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.
The Wilson family from Liverpool want more space and better weather to enjoy an outdoor life. They try out life in Perth, Western Australia, for a week. John Wilson finds a potential job as an artisan baker. But the family hadn't bargained on the emotions they experience at the prospect of leaving friends and family back on in the UK.