British families sample life down under. Scott Corbett, from Cwmcarn in South Wales, has dreamed of a life of sun and surfing since he visited Australia over 20 years ago.
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Would you consider tearing your children
away from their grandparents
to start a new life in Australia?
If you had suffered the heartache of your father passing away,
could you really abandon the house he helped you build and leave your mum behind?
Surf-mad Scott dreams of a life by the sea.
Jump in the water for an hour while they play on the beach,
then come and surf with them in the smaller waves.
Yeah, what a dream, what a wonderful lifestyle.
But, for Victoria,
tearing her children from their grandmother would break her heart.
She was trying to be... trying to be really strong
and supportive but I know that she's going to miss them terribly.
With the family's future hanging in the balance,
they need to convince themselves that they really could
give up their loved ones for a new life on the other side of the world.
Just wish somebody could give me the right answers.
With its hot climate and over 10,000 beaches,
Australia is a popular destination for Brits.
Over 35,000 people emigrate there every year but it doesn't work for everyone,
as nearly a third return to the UK, missing their old lives.
We're giving one family the chance to see if a new life
on the other side of the world could really give them everything they dream of.
They've got just one week to find out.
Art teacher Scott Corbett lives with his wife, Victoria,
and their two children, Mason, who's three, and Indie, aged two,
in Cwmcarn in South Wales.
They love their home but, since visiting Australia over 20 years ago,
Scott's dreamt of a life of sun and surfing.
I guess everybody has a dream.
Some people have small dreams, some people have big dreams.
Mine has always been to live close to the beach.
In Australia, just everything seems to be outside living,
outdoor living, and that's a massive, massive pull.
After nearly nine years of lovingly renovating their Welsh home,
Victoria's willing to consider a new chapter in their life.
-I always wanted to convert a barn, so we did my bit.
-All throughout, Scott's wanted to live by the beach, do his thing, isn't it?
So, we've done my dream, we've got to do yours a bit, now, haven't we?
Well, we can try it, see what happens.
The family came close to moving six months ago but tragedy struck
and stopped them in their tracks.
We had the visas, you know, we'd spent all the money.
It was there in the passport and, the day it came through, that was the 9th of September. Um...
And, come the 4th of October, my dad passed away.
All of a sudden, the Australia dream was out the window,
because I couldn't even think of it.
Her dad's memory lives on in the home he helped them build.
Despite the huge emotion they've invested in it,
they've put it on the market, but Victoria's having doubts.
I keep saying to Scott, "We need to stop it." You know?
"We need to pull the plug a bit, to stand back a bit."
This home will be totally gone and there won't be any coming back to that.
OK, you can come back to Britain but we're not going to get this again.
For Scott's parents, losing Mason and Indie to Australia would be devastating.
For Mason and Indie to not see their grandparents, that's going to be dreadful.
Mason, in particular, just...
is the apple of my father's eyes.
They spend all of their time together when he's down and, er...
..that's going to hurt them a hell of a lot. It really is.
If they did move, Victoria still hopes her mum
would be able to spend large chunks of the year with them.
She's like my best friend as much as anything.
The thought of leaving her here without my dad to sort of... keep her on the straight and narrow.
You know, she dotes on the grandkids,
they're her only two grandkids.
The thought of doing that to her just rips my heart out, because it's really hard.
They've come so close but Scott and Victoria don't know if they can make that final step.
Look under those stones...
'If I love Australia...'
and Vic doesn't, er...
..that'll be a choker, that would be horrendous,
but if it's just one person's dream and not two people's dream, well, you can't do it.
You just...you just can't do it.
Today, I'm 50-50, yesterday I was 95% certain,
last week I was about 100% certain we were doing the wrong thing.
So, it changes. Changes daily.
Just wish somebody could give me the right answers.
With the future of their children to consider,
if they can't face the pain of leaving loved ones
or their home behind, Scott's dream will be left in tatters.
The Corbett family are going to try out life Down Under for one week.
Scott visited Australia over 20 years ago but, for Victoria,
it would be a leap of faith.
They want to start a new chapter in their lives
but can they really leave behind their home and loved ones?
Scott's teaching qualifications would enable him
to work anywhere in the country but finding the right location
is vital if they're going to be convinced by life in Australia.
We could send them to Melbourne, a metropolitan and multicultural city.
Family incomes might be higher than the national average
but so, too, are the property prices, at around £310,000 for an average home.
But life in a big city could be too radical a change for the Corbetts.
Another possibility would be Adelaide,
Australia's fifth-largest city, where over 2,000 Brits emigrate every year.
Houses are more affordable, with an average price of £255,000,
and, with over 440 schools in Adelaide alone,
there should be plenty of places for Scott to find work.
Finally, we could send them to Cairns, the gateway to the Barrier Reef.
With a population of only 150,000 people,
its small size might appeal to the Corbetts and property is cheap,
with the average home costing around £220,000.
But, whilst diving and snorkelling around the reef is the dream for many,
for Scott, the lack of surf would be a real problem.
Each city offered the Corbetts something different
but we felt that Adelaide best suited their requirements.
With a small-town feel,
moving to Adelaide wouldn't be too big a culture shock.
Surfing would be easily accessible for Scott further down the coast.
They've got a tough week ahead,
trying out every aspect of Australian life.
They'll be looking for a house that could live up to the home they adore in Gwent.
Scott will get to put teaching in Australia to the test
but taking a closer look at their finances could bring some worrying results.
Victoria will have to face the true cost of leaving
and, if Scott is ever going to see his dream of a new life in Australia become a reality,
they all need to learn to cope with the pain of separation from their loved ones.
After an exhausting 23 hours in transit,
the Corbett family have travelled over 10,500 miles.
They touch down with two surprisingly awake and excitable children in tow.
They've been so good on the plane, they've sat still.
They've been absolutely brilliant.
They had an eight-hour sleep and a five-hour sleep.
I mean, it doesn't get better than that, does it? Not really.
I think we had about eight minutes and about five minutes!
They've only just arrived and are already trying to get their heads around the Australian dollar
but the unfavourable exchange rate has really worried them.
When we started looking, it was 2.4 to the pound,
and, last going off, it was 1.6.
So, I mean, that's... we're talking about 100,000, plus...
-More than that.
-It's probably 160,000.
Yeah, which is a lifetime's worth of savings.
However, we're looking outside and it's the most gorgeous day
I think we've ever seen, just about.
We're in Australia. Maybe that makes up for it. We'll see.
Scott's putting a positive spin on it but having less to spend
could make a massive difference to the lifestyle and house they can realistically afford.
Their home for the week will be this small,
two-bedroom apartment in Aldinga Beach.
Lovely. Nice and light, isn't it?
Since we last saw the Corbetts in Gwent, they've taken their house off the market.
Having not been to Australia, with all the emotions and everything,
we want to be able to have it without the pressure of,
"We've got no house to go back to because we've sold it anyway."
It just felt all wrong, didn't it?
But they won't be leaping into any quick decisions.
Hopefully, this week will cement it, one way or the other. Whether we...
..give it up as a dream that maybe isn't right, isn't meant to be.
I don't think you can put your finger on it,
without seeing it and feeling it. And...
..from a personal point of view, if I see it, if I feel it,
then, to me, that's going to be...
If they can't face the thought of leaving the home
and the people they love, they won't be going anywhere.
Back in the UK, the Corbetts' house is on top of a mountain in Gwent
but it's more than just a home.
Victoria's parents worked alongside them
to turn what was a ruined sheep barn into a stunning barn conversion,
so their emotional investment runs far deeper than merely bricks and mortar.
Mum and Dad were incredible.
They just did so much here, just an incredible amount of work.
You look around the place and every single room,
every part of the garden...
You know, there's a huge amount of memories there
and the thought of leaving here and not having those memories is hard.
With so many memories of her father at the barn,
they'll never be able to replace it and any new home in Australia will have a lot to live up to.
The Corbett family dream of building their perfect home
but they need to find out what their options are.
Space for their two adventure-loving children
and easy access to the beach are key considerations
but, to do this within budget, it's going to be a real challenge.
Adelaide is the flourishing capital of South Australia
but properties near the city centre aren't cheap.
This spacious four-bedroom house will cost them around £365,000
but, in the city, finding enough outside space would mean spending considerably more money.
Something more in tune with the life they know
would be living further out in the countryside.
Houses like this £405,000 two-storey in Stirling
would offer plenty of green space, four good-sized bedrooms
and a large living area but, with an hour's journey to the beach,
it wouldn't offer the access to the water that Scott wants.
The final possibility is to search for a dream house by the ocean.
Areas like Hallett Cove are popular
but you pay for being close to the city.
Costing £390,000, this house has sea views, a spacious lounge
and a decent-sized garden.
After taking into account everything the Corbetts are looking for,
we've decided to show them three self-built properties near to the coast.
With a small mortgage, they would have around £350,000
to buy the plot and then build the house.
Property 1 is an example of the kind of house they could build.
It's in Hallett Cove, 45 minutes from the city centre.
It would give them a stunning open-plan living area,
three bedrooms, extra space downstairs and the pool.
Owner and architect Michael Noble is on hand to meet them.
How much would something like this cost?
-Well, the land cost, in pounds, about 130,000.
Then the building was about 260,000.
So, it's about 390,000 overall. But that, pretty much, is the bill.
-Would you like to have a look?
-Love to. Yes, please!
With total costs of approximately £390,000,
they'd need to take out a higher mortgage to afford it.
-Michael's left them to explore on their own.
Look at this! Go on in.
That is one heck of a view!
-This is stunning, isn't it?
-Your smiley face.
Well, that's just gorgeous.
It's really lovely, isn't it?
This is how I see us living, in open-plan like this.
We can see the sea. We're virtually on the beach, here.
Oh! Look what I can see downstairs.
-Would you like a swimming pool in our house?
-Like that one?
Bigger, bigger, bigger!
They'll need a lot more room for the size of pool Indie wants
but, inside, the view is less than impressive.
It's a bit different, though, waking up to our view over Twmbarlwm
with no houses to see for anywhere and, then, looking at a brick wall.
Unfortunately, living in such a popular
and populated area means the houses can feel close together.
But, with two good-size bedrooms, everyone's feeling at home.
I'm curious as to what's downstairs, now.
They'd love a granny flat for Victoria's mum.
Downstairs might be just the solution.
-Ah, look at this.
-Wow, now, there's a room.
Something like this would be ideal for Mum, isn't it?
-Because she could have her own access...
-Shall we go and have a look in the garden?
-Come on, then.
-Let's go see that swimming pool.
They're seeing plenty of potential for this house
but Scott isn't without concerns.
The 290,000 build is the part that I'm concerned about.
That's nearly all of our budget and we haven't bought any land yet.
-Yeah. Lots of things to balance up.
-Lots of things to balance up.
Their hunt for a cheaper build
and more space should be satisfied by Property 2.
It's an impressive four-bedroom house in Aldinga Beach,
set on a large block of land but, best of all,
it's under budget at £280,000.
-Come on, then.
-You going to bounce over here?
Whilst a member of our team looks after a sleeping Indie,
the rest of the family explore.
It's a very different layout, with the bedrooms on the ground floor.
Wow, I love these floor-to-ceiling windows. Look at that!
-They work well, don't they?
-They work really well. OK.
Where are we going?
-Mason seems happy but size is an issue.
-Ideally, I'd like it bigger.
On the face of it, it's like, "Oh, this is great."
-Then you think, "Do you know, hang on a minute."
-A bit more size would be good.
-This is quite small.
They'd have enough rooms but it's up to the living space to win them round.
Wow, this is what we're after, Scott.
That does it. And you're saying we can afford it, mortgage-free.
The nicest thing about here, for me,
-is that the last property felt hemmed in.
-Oh, it was.
Indie's woken up and her parents' enthusiasm is obviously infectious.
-Did you have a lovely sleep?
-Look! Look out there!
-Do you want to go and see?
Outside, the huge balcony looks over protected scrubland,
so the view would never be obstructed and, unlike Property 1,
they wouldn't be looking straight out at their neighbours.
-We can afford this.
-Without a mortgage. Yep, liking this one.
-Liking this one.
-Wonder what the next one's going to be like?
Property 2 has won Scott and Victoria over.
If the next house ups the ante, leaving the home they love
in Wales might finally seem like a real possibility.
Located even further south, in Carrickalinga,
Property 3 is a converted cottage with a large garden and even a spa.
To get an extra room,
they would have to spend more than the £370,000
this home cost to build.
-Have a look!
-Elephant! Elephant! Elephant!
That is gorgeous, isn't it?
If there were however many boxes to tick, I think that's just ticked every box.
Outside, there's no pool or protected scrubland
but the location might just win them over.
Look at that!
There's a footpath, literally next door to the house, which takes you down to the beach.
I know. What more can you ask for?
With the beach only 200 metres away, Scott is truly impressed.
-The bedrooms need to keep up the high standard.
-This is good.
-This is nice.
-Oh, this is nice.
-This is a lovely room, isn't it?
They've been impressed but they want more space.
-It's lovely, isn't it?
-See what else we can find.
I mean, the only downside of these bedrooms, I guess,
at the minute, is, compared to the other properties,
they are smaller again, aren't they?
The overall size of this house could also be a problem.
One of our big things is having Mum to stay
for big chunks of the year and to be close.
I think that would be an issue, if we were on top of one another.
Well, it's a three-bed house.
We've got a lot to weigh up.
If we could find a plot which is as nice as this
and build the size that we want...
..it's then a job because there's far less schools,
far less people down this far south of Adelaide city.
Um, so, concerns.
There's just still lots of things that we need to sum up, isn't there?
The Corbett family have seen three very different options.
With Property 1, the neighbours were too close.
But they really fell for Property 2, with its large plot
and impressive living areas.
Finally, Property 3 was hugely impressive
but the distance to the city and the lack of a fourth bedroom was a big concern.
Feelings about what they'd be leaving behind are still raw.
It is a really scary prospect, the thought of leaving the barn and...
leaving all of our attachments, isn't it?
But then, I suppose at some point we've got to draw a line under it
and move on and start the next chapter and...
that won't be too hard.
Saying that, it'll probably be horrific.
After seeing what they could build for themselves in Australia,
it's time to make up their minds.
They need to know if they could really leave behind the home they love for a fresh start here.
It's going to be really difficult to consider leaving the barn back home.
But, basing our decision on what we've seen today, we're going to choose...
-That means you, too.
-Yeah. Yay! We like Australian houses.
By being able to imagine leaving their converted barn in Gwent,
they've overcome a massive hurdle.
Scott's dream is one huge step closer.
The Corbett family have been blown away by the kind of properties
they could build but, if Scott can't earn enough money,
constructing their dream home and funding the lifestyle they envisage would be impossible.
Everything depends on his ability to get a teaching job.
Back in the UK, Scott is head of the art department
at Cwmcarn High School.
Over the last seven years, he's worked hard to get that position
and the thought of starting again is daunting.
I've set the department up as I want to set a department up.
If I move to...
Australia, then there's...
I'm guessing, there has to be a drop in salary.
Um...there has to be a situation where I'm not the main man
and I'm having to be told, "This is how we do it."
We've arranged for him to try out teaching at Christies Beach High School.
He's meeting the deputy principal, Sharon Goldman, and art teacher, Sean McGovern,
who should be able to tell him everything he needs to know.
It could be the perfect place for Scott to find work.
So, how many lessons a week do these guys get, did you say?
-Two double lessons per week.
-So they get a fair amount of time, then, to work.
-All art lessons are practical-based.
-Do they do any theory?
Yes, they do.
Scott wants to get some practical teaching experience
and Sean's agreed to let him lead the lesson.
I want you to create some sort of portrait, using mixed media.
I'm not going to talk a heck of a lot this afternoon.
What I'm going to be doing is coming round,
trying to help you in what you're doing.
Design and technology teacher, Victoria, is determined not to let Scott have all the creative fun,
so she's taking the children to an art class in Glenelg.
Oh, hello! And who have we got here?
If they do make the move, Victoria plans to be a full-time mum
and she needs to know that she and the children would have plenty to do while Scott's at work.
If we do move over, my number one priority is the kids.
They've got to be happy, they've got to be settled,
so they can form friendships and I can form friendships, as well,
because, at the end of the day, a two- and a three-year-old
can only have so much stimulating conversation with me.
So I've got to keep myself sane, as well.
Victoria is struggling to see
Scott's vision of a future for them here.
There's something missing at the minute,
I'm just hoping that we do find the lifestyle that we want because, if it doesn't...
..then I'm not sure that this is going to be the right thing to do.
Adelaide hasn't yet won her heart and just thinking about leaving her mum
makes the decision she has to make even harder.
You know, I see my mum three times a week.
And she does loads with the kids and... God, sorry.
..she's going to miss them massively.
She was virtually in tears before we left.
She was trying to be, um...trying to be really strong and supportive
but I know that she's going to miss them terribly.
The idea of leaving her mum is giving Victoria serious doubts.
If Scott's ever going to realise his dream,
he has to prove this is a move worth making.
Thanks very much for that, you've been magic. Cheers, guys.
He's inspired the kids
and deputy principal Sharon's keen to see the results.
-Yeah, yeah. They're all great, Sharon.
We gave them a five-minute break and, um...
some of them just worked through. They didn't stop working on that.
-That made me smile, that was one of the nicest bits today, that I saw.
-Well, that's fabulous.
Scott would be looking to work as a relief of supply teacher when they first move
but he'll need to know he could earn enough to support a whole family.
If you're doing relief work, it's about 330 a day.
Of course, that's a daily rate,
so the amount you get is how many days you work.
That would be about...about £200.
If I'm only getting a day's work, per week...£200 doesn't really cut it then, does it?
But, you know, if I'm working every day,
then that sounds like a good amount of money.
That works out at approximately £40,000 a year.
More than he's on in the UK but Scott would be taking a huge gamble
that he'd be able to get enough days of work to support them all.
-Great to meet you, Scott.
Thanks very much for running my lesson. It was wonderful. Thank you.
Scott need to be convinced he really could work in Adelaide.
It's time to find out if he's been won over.
Based on today, my decision is...
I'm surprising myself there, I'm really surprising myself,
because I've been thinking all day that,
"Is it? Is it? Should I? Should I?" My school back home is...
I'm set up there, I know how everything works.
Um, I think it's probably time to step out of the comfort zone, really.
For the Corbetts, leaving their support network
of friends and family in the UK is a terrifying prospect.
They won't be able to replace them but Scott and Victoria need
to find out if they could fit in and make new friends Down Under.
The Corbetts love the outdoor life,
so they're spending the afternoon exploring Cleland Wildlife Park.
They're meeting Michael and Michelle Tippins and their three girls.
Michael's a teacher at Christies Beach High School,
so Scott's keen to get a second opinion on working there.
-Is it a nice school to teach at?
-Um, it's challenging.
-But, I mean, this is going to sound corny, but you can...
-you can make a difference.
-Right, I see what you're saying.
You can make a difference because a lot of the kids there need really good teachers
-because sometimes they, you know, they might not have had a good start in life.
-So you can, you can make a big difference.
-That sounds good.
I like the idea of that, rather than being in the situation where,
you know, they don't care whether you try hard or don't try hard.
That's reassuring for Scott
but Victoria is worried about leaving her family in Wales.
It's essential they'd be able to find supportive friends
and neighbours, so that she and the children can bear the separation.
-So, have you got any concerns about the children settling into the community at all?
I mean Mason, especially,
is quite sort of nervous around new situations.
I think he'll find it really, really difficult.
So, you know, we're really hoping to find a situation which is,
um, you know, a lot of other children for him to play with
straight away, so he can settle and feel like there's friendships.
You'll probably find that that just won't be a problem.
He'll settle right in and there's a lot of people in your situation
coming over and settling in.
They're quite open to meeting new people
-and building friendships that way, as well.
Maybe Victoria and Scott could find the sense of community
they're searching for.
The Corbetts have had a great time meeting the locals
and have learned about Australian life from Michael and Michelle.
See you later.
But could Australia really have the potential
to replace their social network back in the UK?
It's time to vote.
We've met some fabulous people during our time in Australia...
but leaving our friends back home in Britain is going to be really hard.
So, our decision is going to be...
Potentially, there's some wonderful people in Australia.
Every single person that we've met has been incredibly friendly
but it's going be tough as to leave the people in the UK.
My decision's based on the fact that we've got really super-close friends
and that would be really, really difficult to replicate
and friendships like that just take such a long time to build up.
So that's why it's the UK for me.
The Corbett family have discovered a dream home
they could almost afford without a mortgage.
While Scott discovered he could find regular work as a supply teacher, Victoria was having doubts.
They'll find out whether the lifestyle they hope for
really does exist and work out if they can afford to live here.
They'll both need to overcome the devastating thought
of leaving the people they love in South Wales before making up their minds.
Is their future in the house they love
or on the other side of the world, where Scott hopes to build a new life?
It's vital Scott and Victoria discover
if the Australian lifestyle is worth the heartache of leaving home.
Where better to try it out
and consider their future than at the beach?
Scott's dream life involves surfing as often as possible,
whilst the rest of the family enjoy the freedom of the sand.
Beaches close to the city are too sheltered for serious surfers,
so they're heading further south to Milton Beach in search of good-size waves.
We've arranged for him to meet with Teale Vanner,
a professional surfer and instructor.
We'll try and get out there. We'll get you suited up and get you nice and warm.
Guess the conditions aren't too cold for you guys.
We'll go surfing today, so that should be fun.
The weather might be like a good old British summer
but it'll take more than rain to scare off the Corbett family.
# Hahahaha. Wipeout! #
MUSIC: "Wipeout" by The Beach Boys
Getting past the breaking waves is a challenge but,
once he's out there, it doesn't take Scott long to show his skills.
Teale might be the professional but Scott's holding his own.
Victoria's first priority is to make sure that she could picture
a bright future for Mason and Indie in Adelaide
but the current situation feels a little too familiar.
It's just like being in Porthcawl. It's a typical sort of, er...
Welsh weekend, really, isn't it?
Raining, blue kids, just not much different to back home, really.
It might seem like home now
but Victoria's finding the decision she faces impossible to make.
I suppose you've got to balance it out, really,
and figure out whether taking away grandparents
for big chunks of the year and taking away the friends they've grown up with...
whether that balances against the lifestyle that Scott and I
think would be really, really beneficial for the kids.
It is the scales that we've got to balance and got to get sorted.
Finally, the cold and rain has got the better of Scott and Teale.
If the surfing hasn't met Scott's expectations,
doubts could rise to the surface.
Wonderful. Yeah, lovely morning. But, um...
if you're going to ask me, going to ask me the question,
"Do you want to live just there?"
Then it's going to be a really short answer. "Yes!"
There's one thing that's truly impressed Scott and given him hope for the future.
I must have seen...
15 people far older than myself
still surfing and still ripping.
Still ripping on the waves, which was wonderful.
So, I mean, if we do emigrate,
then I guess I've got a lot of years ahead of me, surfing...
in lovely places like this,
being able to jump on the beach with the little ones.
What a dream. What a wonderful, what a wonderful lifestyle. Just, yeah, fantastic.
After a damp morning on the beach, the Corbett family need
to decide if their dream lifestyle really is here in South Australia.
It's time to vote.
Based on my experience, so far, I'm going to vote...
And we're going to vote...
-Australia! What about you two?
-What about you, Ind?
-Britain! Indie's a bit cold and wet.
Back in the UK, the Corbetts' home was on the market for £430,000.
They've poured their hearts and souls into renovating the old barn,
so it's essential that the sale of it
will provide a solid foundation for their dream life in Australia.
It very much depends on what mortgage you want to have and how much we can afford.
If there is a fantastic plot, then we'd be reasonably happy
to put some sort of money into a mortgage, rather than go mortgage-free.
But, in an ideal world,
any money that I then earn is pocket money to have a wonderful lifestyle
out there, which, at the end of the day, is what is part of the dream.
If they do move, Scott will become a supply teacher,
whilst Victoria settles Mason and Indie into their new life.
But if they can't afford the future they dream of,
they would lose everything they've worked so hard to build in the UK.
We've prepared a cost comparison
so they can work out exactly where they stand in Australia.
-That's a lot more, isn't it?
It's surprising that fruit is more expensive, isn't it?
Yes. Pretty much all more expensive, isn't it?
-That's a big surprise, isn't it?
Ooh, yogurts are loads cheaper.
The lovely thing is, is the property that I liked...
Number 2, the second one.
..the second one, the monthly repayments would be £30.
We could deal with £30, couldn't we?
Salary, that's the important one, isn't it?
That's £250 down on what we get in the UK
and our groceries are £135 more expensive.
That's a lot.
They need to know where they stand with virtually no mortgage for Property 2 in Aldinga
or a mortgage of £650 a month for Property 1 in Hallett Cove.
So, this figure here, then. 1,753.
-That's with that £30-a-month mortgage.
For Aldinga. And that bigger figure, there.
-2,373, that's for Hallett Cove with a...
-So, we'd be plus £148...
-But that's without a mortgage.
-Oh, we'll be way down.
-Yeah. We'd be minus £472 down.
-That's a big chunk, isn't it?
-That cuts down on our options, doesn't it?
-That cuts them right down.
So, thinking we'd have lots of money to play with
if we didn't have a mortgage out here isn't really the case, is it?
That's sobering, that's really sobering.
The reality of their situation is really starting to hit home.
That's a total surprise, isn't it?
-We thought we'd be an awful lot better off than that.
We're not getting the full worth out of our property back home
because instead of bringing the best part of 680,000,
690,000 with us, we're bringing, like, 450,000.
..you can't do that without something financially hurting.
We can't say we're going to move around the world if it's not right.
And it looks like that's a big blow to our Aussie dream at the minute.
No matter how much they've fallen for Australian living,
if they can't afford it, that could change everything.
It's time to vote on the cost of living.
On the face of it, we're £148 better off in Australia.
That's based on me getting regular work and having no mortgage.
Based on those financial decisions, our decision is going to be...
If they do move, their financial future could be bleak.
The dream is slipping from their grasp.
With decision time fast approaching,
the Corbetts have to make up their minds.
Can they really leave behind everyone they know
on the other side of the world?
Will seeing messages from home leave their plans in disarray?
Scott and Victoria want to avoid any chance of upsetting the children,
so they're staying outside with one of our team,
whilst mum and dad watch a DVD from their loved ones to remind them of what they'd be leaving behind.
-See no evil.
-Hi, everybody. Hi, Scott. Hi, Vic.
-Hi, Vic. Hi, Scott.
'Scott, my brother,'
he's a very warm, affectionate person. Um...
We've obviously had a really lovely, close relationship.
'Everybody loves him.'
Everybody's always expounded what a smashing guy he is.
'He comes over that way, in everything that he does.'
Since they've been married, I couldn't have asked for a better son-in-law.
He's done everything for Victoria,
he's the most brilliant father to the kids, they idolise him.
-'And, um, yeah...'
I've been very lucky.
'I don't want them to go.'
My heart tells me, "No, they shouldn't be going."
But my head tells me, "Yes, they should be trying it,
"because that's what they want."
'We are absolutely devastated. Um, it's a long way. It's too far away.'
Um, and I worry, most of all, for my parents.
'Um, with their grandchildren, because they're still very small.'
Um, and, you know, we will miss them.
'What I'll miss is...'
just seeing those blue eyes of Mason's and Indie's smile.
And I need them.
'And there's absolutely a massive, selfish part of me
'that hopes that they come back and say,'
"Well, we've tried it, it's fantastic but we're staying here...
"on the Welsh mountain."
I mean, I can't even think about them
getting on a plane at Heathrow or Gatwick, wherever it might be and...
just waving bye.
If I didn't have the contact with Victoria and Scott and the children...
..needless to say,
(I'd miss them.)
I know that, Scott, Vic, you'll make the right decision.
Um, we love you, love you lots, and speak to you soon.
'You know we love you.'
Our prayers are with you. God bless you.
'I hope you've seen what you need to see.'
I just hope that you're going to make the right decision.
Um, will we miss you?
Like the air I breathe, as you know.
'Um... Yeah. Love you.'
See you soon. Bye.
-It's hard, isn't it?
It brings a lump to your throat, straight away, thinking that...
Just seeing their faces, not even thinking. Just seeing their faces.
-I'm going to be upset.
-You all right?
Something in my eye, I think. I think it was a fly, I'm not sure.
Just makes you think, that's it, it's long term.
That's a horrible thought that if we came over,
-that something could happen.
You know, something terrible could happen
and we wouldn't see them ever again, you know?
And we're not down the road.
You know, you can't just pop back because
somebody's been rushed into hospital or somebody's not very well or...
I mean, when...when it happened with my dad, the first thing I did was jump in a car.
I was too late, obviously, because he was dead.
But if you had that phone call,
for your mum or dad or my mum or something...
..you're stuffed, aren't you?
Considering the worst-case scenarios is a painful,
but necessary, process if you're seriously considering moving
over 10,000 miles from loved ones.
Time has run out for Scott and Victoria.
Their emotional week has come to an end
and they have to make the biggest decision of their lives.
Can they really uproot their children
and turn their backs on everything they've built up together in the UK?
The Corbetts have been through the wringer this week.
They found they wouldn't need a mortgage for their dream home.
Scott surprised himself by choosing teaching in Australia.
But worries mounted
when they found out they'd only just be able to pay their bills.
Seeing the messages from home reinforced the stark reality of what they'd be giving up.
They came close to making the move before Victoria's dad died
but leaving her mum will take every ounce of faith she has in Scott's dream.
With the future of Mason and Indie to consider,
Scott and Victoria need to be sure that they really could tear them away to start a new life.
It's the moment of truth.
We've had a wonderful week in Australia,
we've found out some really, really, really useful information.
It's going to be a really, really tough decision
but, based on what we've seen, we're going to vote...
-I didn't think you were going to! I think you were going to have a wobble.
-No. No wobbles.
Am I amazed that we're both thinking Australia? Er, no.
It's... I'm guessing that it's always been at the back of my mind,
even though I'm a bit of a scaredy-cat and it's really...
I'm just excited that we're both thinking the same thing.
It really has given us the opportunity to figure out
whether this is the right decision and I really do think it is the right decision for our family.
It's going to be hard...
but I think it'll be good.
-Definitely the right thing to do.
Despite everything she's been through,
Victoria has been convinced.
No doubt there'll be more tears to come
but it looks like Scott's dream of a new life in Australia really will become a reality.
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The series in which British families are given the chance to sample what life would be like if they moved to the other side of the world.
Scott Corbett, from Cwmcarn in South Wales, has dreamed of a life of sun and surfing since he visited Australia over 20 years ago. However, his wife Victoria doesn't want to abandon the home life she's built for her family. Can Scott convince her, during their week in Adelaide, that their future lies in Australia or will he have to abandon his lifelong ambition?