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Wanted Down Under back on the BBC

wanted down under bbc series 6Wanted Down Under is into it’s 6th Series on the BBC and it looks like the popularity of the show isn’t wavering.

Wanted Down Under follows the ups and downs of families as they make one of the biggest decisions of their lives – whether to start a new life on the other side of the world in Australia.

The idea for Wanted Down Under came from a BBC producer who lived in New Zealand for a while and considered making a permanent move but she spent ages trying to work out if it was the right thing to do.

So the BBC decided to see if they could follow others as they tried to do the same thing.  I’ve still not had chance to watch any of the latest episodes but would love to hear from any of you who may have watched one from this latest series?

Does the real-life handling of such tough decisions really make such fascinating television?

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. I would love to appear on the show with my family.

    We would love to move to Auckland but need to visit to find out more. We have already read, researched and contacted job agencies and know it is a possibility. Our visa check said we had enough points as skilled migrants.

    What is holding us back:

    We need to visit, meet employers, view houses properly rather than in pictures and walk around areas and decide rather than maps and hear say at home. We really need and intensive planned and guided visit to know for sure. With 3 small children it is a life move.

    We have emailed the address shown. If we don’t get chosen, are there other ways of getting the same experience you give the people who appear

    Kind thanks

    Liz :-)

  2. Hi we are looking a at moving to Australia and would like to look at getting on the program, as it helps you look at the whole picture, I work as a franchise for Snap-on tools in the uk and know their are oppertunitys in Australia with Snap-on, my wife is very close to her family so I know the program’s format will help her and our children make the correct decision, we have a boy 12 and twin girls 4′ so how doo we apply?



  3. I am desperate to move down under but my husband is not so keen and him being the one with a trade in demand obviously this is a problem.
    I am sure he would come round to the idea if he had the chance to have a trial period there.
    Please send me an application form.

  4. Finally Wanted Down Under have gone to a regional city rather than the Big 4 (Melbourne, pPerth, Brisbane and Sydney). Fantastic to see Newcastle NSW yesterday, after all it is on Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities to visit list. So happy to see Port Stephens, Newcastle beach and Belmont, such a fabulous area to visit. We have family there and would love to emigrate but our kids are at crucial education stages (14 and 17) and we are getting on a bit! Wish we had done it 10 years ago, heyho have to make do with another holiday there Christmas 2012. Oh and I agree with a previous post, why don’t they look at rental properties, who in their right mind would buy in their first year in a new country?
    Loving my sunshine fix on iplayer with a cuppa every evening , will be sad to see the end of this series, hope there will be some revisited so we can see how they all get on!

  5. No one has mentioned in this current series the fact that Visa holders have to pay for school fees (state schools) in New South Wales until they get permanent residency status.
    We are grandparents with 2 lots of grandchildren in Oz. Can we appear on the next series?

  6. It’s great to see Wanted Down Under back, I watch it every morning and every day It makes me want to cry
    because im so desperate to move to NZ. I am engaged to a kiwi and we have 2 children together. I also have a teenager from a previous relationship who does not want to go. We have been over twice and all loved it but it is heart breaking, it’s like being torn in half between home or NZ.
    I would just like to know why people only go to Auckland or CHCH, while they are lovely places Auckland is so expensive and most people couldn’t afford it.Knowing a bit about the country now we have been looking at Napier, Wellington and Palmerston North. and Hamilton. A lovely little beach town called Foxton had 3 bed houses for $150,000 .Surely the skills shortages that these visa applicants are going for are available in these areas. I just wonder if Auckland is no 1 because its the only place they’ve heard of.

  7. iam looking in to moving to australia and was wondering how to get on to the show as my wife isn’t to sure about the move

    many thanks steven

  8. They tend to focus on relocating to cities which is limiting but they have added in a new segment where they give a reality check on the cost of living compared to the UK which I think is useful. It still amazes me that people seem to base their whole decision on moving on looking at houses, if you move anywhere new the idea to rent is better as you get to know which areas are great and which are rubbish. If you see where they live in the UK and then see them disregard lovely homes in Australia it is just a bit unbelievable. But still addictive TV!!!

  9. so far after the first three episodes they have been to Perth twice, which is more than the entire series in 2011!!

    good to see that this time round, and will also be good to see other cities during the shows run.

    will be in Perth myself next week so will have to watch the remaining episodes when we get back at the end of January.

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