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A Place in the Sun Down Under visits Perth

A Place In The Sun Down Under Channel 4Just a quick heads up that Channel 4’s  A place in the Sun Down Under will be visiting Sunny Perth in Western Australia this Friday (16th January at 8pm)

During the 60 minute episode, Amanda Lamb helps Dave and Joan Todd from Liverpool use their £400,000 budget to start a new life in Perth. Will the family find the home of their dreams?

With a £400,000 budget, I recon they’ll find a decent house with some change to spare. What people need to remember though it’s not just about the bricks and mortar, it’s more about the place! Stick an identical house in the middle of the UK and it would be a very different place to live indeed!

Anyway, interesting viewing I’m sure and hopefully more entertaining then the BBC’s wanted down Under program based on some recent reviews from our community!

How to take part in Channel 4’s A place in the Sun?

Easy as ringing a number apparently! Register your details on Channel 4’s dedicated line 020 7739 9357.

Edit: Apparently this number is not currently working so in the mean time if you think you might fit the bill, call Natalie on 0161 235 6542 or email

Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia.
Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assitance, Getting Down Under.

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  1. Hi I was wondering how could apply to be on ‘”A place in the sun”?
    Me and my wife are planning to move to Australia in the next 18 months. We also have 3 young children aged 2,3 and 5.
    We currently live in Batley west yorkshire in a 3 bed semi which we are putting on the market.
    I am a sales manager working for DFS furniture and my wife is a hairdresser an has her own business which she would like to carry on once in Australia.
    We are both very driven and want this so much.
    If you could advise us on how to apply for your show or even any tips you may be able to give us it would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you for your time and hope to here from you soon.

  2. Hi Mark, you should be an admin. for both of these programmes as it seems every one thinks you are taking details for the shows! Maybe you will get your own show yet?

  3. I’m awaiting on emigration at the moment to emigrate to australia perth. I’ve been told by my agent that i’m to go out on a 176 visa as i’m a builder and i also have family over there to sponsor me. I’m going for my medicals and police checks in may 09.

    My house is on the market at the moment. I’m hoping you’ll choice me my wife and two children to go on your tv programe as we’d like a chance to get the help to buy a property and view the schools. I would also like to get the chance to see if the australia buildres work the same as we do in England.

    Please will you help use as i feel were in limbo at the moment.

    I know how much our property is worth in the Uk but i don’t know how much the propertys are in Australia. I don’t know how much we’ll need a morgage for. My wife and i also haven’t found work yet so we really need Downunders help.

    • Alan

      I live in Perth, have done now for 7 years I came out on a permanent resident visa and now I am an Australian citizen. To give you an idea on house prices and location, as a basic rule of thumb the further you are away from the CBD (Central business district) the cheaper it is. With kids you would want a 4 bed house which can range from around 400,000 pounds plus plus in a radius of 5kms from the CBD to approx 200,000 pounds 20kms from the city. As a further idea the closer you are to the beach also the more expensive it is, so for instance you could be 20kms from the city, but if the property has an Ocean view then it could be 500,000 pounds plus

      I have not seen the place in the Sun programme but they were in Mandrah which is 50 minutes drive south of Perth so not Perth at all

      I am not a builder so cant help you much just to say WA has gone through an incredible boom over the past 5 years it is slowed down a lot in the last three months (like everywhere). Building in particular has been unbelievable it has been difficult to get anyone, hopefully that situation is now changing, if you are good at what you do you will have no problems there has been a lot of people jumping on the bandwagon and I myself have seen some pretty poor building work

      Hope this helps good luck

      • David,

        Ive been offered work under the 457 visa and look to head over about Nov/Dec 2011, you’ve said some helpful point but these are now over 2 years old,

        whats new,

        Ive been offered work in CBD so am looking to rent first before i buy to get to feel an area and i’ve only seen things like looking at buy/rent but i’ve looked at perthnow (newspaper) and it seems to be focusing on crime is certain areas which is a concern for every one. I’m looking for a daily focus point so i can get to know perth a little before my family head over, any advice??

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