Relocation: Phil Down Under returns to Australia for a second series

Property expert Phil Spencer uses his skills to find
perfect homes Down Under. (Image: Channel 4)

Phil Spencer returns to our screens tonight, helping to relocate six more families into their dream home in Australia with Relocation: Phil Down Under. 

This is the second series of Relocation: Phil Down Under, and during the six episodes Phil visits Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney, the Central Coast and the Gold Coast to explore appealing areas for the aspiring ex-pat. He also provides tips and ideas for anyone thinking of emigrating to Australia.

Phil looks into the realities of life in Oz, from the booming property market to finding out the secrets of success stories from Brits who have made it. He also finds out the best jobs on offer to gain an Australia Visa, from catching Wombats in the Outback to being a flying instructor over Sydney harbour. 

In a regular feature in the show, Phil investigates the Skilled Occupation List, an important part of the Australia Visa application process under General Skilled Migration.  

Relocation: Phil Down Under. Friday nights at 8pm on Channel 4 and on 4OD



Season 2 Episode 1  – Melbourne

Tom and Julie Pickup  from Manchester are social workers seeking a new adventure and a fresh start. Tom and Julie are currently renting a house near the beach with their two young kids, but are keen to put down roots. In Melbourne, Phil meets up with a vet from Sheffield and a couple who have made a huge success out of their bakery business in Australia.
Friday, 14  January at 8pm on Channel 4 and on 4OD 

Season 2 Episode 3 - Canberra

Homebirds Rob and Catherine Morris had barely left Wales when they made the life changing decision to move with their family across to Canberra, Australia. Now they desperately need Phil’s help to get their heads around the complicated housing market and help them settle in. While in Canberra, Phil takes a ride from a balloon pilot from Surrey and visits the local neonatal ward, where he meets some premature babies and helps a Scottish nurse.
Friday, 28  January at 8pm on Channel 4 and on 4OD 

Season 2 Episode 5 – Sydney

Late-twenties professional pals, Alistair and David decided to escape the credit crunch in the UK and transfer to Sydney with work. These flatmates are both desperate to own a property, but buying individually in the most expensive place in the world is impossible. The pair have joined forces and decided to combine their finances to buy a bachelor pad in a young, funky area of the city. While in Sydney, Phil takes a lesson from a flight instructor who moved across from Hampshire and now does the job of his dreams. He also meets a Brit who started up her own business – teaching yoga on the beach.
Friday, 11 February at 8pm on Channel 4 and on 4OD 

Season 2 Episode 2 – Adelaide

Phil helps Jason and Lisa Dancer find the home of their dreams. Having had a tough time over the last few years, this family see their move as a fresh start. Phil also goes wombat catching with a conservationist from Aberdeen and meets a mechanic who moved to Australia en masse with 23 other members of his family.
Friday, 21  January at 8pm on Channel 4 and on 4OD 

Season 2 Episode 4 – Central Coast

Ian and Julie Leigh recently retired and were left with an empty nest when both sets of children moved to the other side of the world. They’ve paid a whopping £40k to be reunited with their children and grandchildren – meeting their granddaughter for the first time on arrival to Sydney. Phil also meets a science teacher from Yorkshire and takes a trip to a successful spice shop owned by two Brits.
Friday, 4 February at 8pm on Channel 4 and on 4OD 

Season 2 Episode 6 – Gold Coast

After holidaying to Surfers Paradise in 2009, the Hale’s fell in love with the Gold Coast and made the brave decision to sell their business and 6 bedroom house in Grimsby, pack up their lives and move to Australia in search of a more family orientated lifestyle. Can Phil help this fussy couple find the Aussie home they are after? He also meets a British boat builder as well as a successful couple from Sutton Coldfield who found a niche in the market for British Fish & Chips!
Friday, 18 February at 8pm on Channel 4 and on 4OD  

- Stephanie Bradley is Content and Communications Editor for the Australian Visa Bureau.