Mike flew to Australia as one of this year’s celebrities, and it looks like his family will soon follow.
His good friend James Haskell, who took part in the 2019 series, appeared on Good Morning Britain on Monday to talk about Mike’s support group.
Mike previously called Australia a “special place” as it is the country where he first met Zara. Mike, who is married to King Charles III’s niece, arrived in Brisbane ahead of this year’s series I’m A Celebrity and recounted when he first met his wife in 2003.
According to The Mirror, Mike said: “Australia is a special place, yes, I met Zara in Sydney. No holiday is planned at the moment. If it was, I wouldn’t tell you!”
Zara and Mike Tindall currently live near the royal mother, Princess Anne, at her Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire, but have previously considered a major move to the other side of the world.
The Olympian has previously described Australia as her second home as she spent a lot of time in the country with former rugby player Mike and their two daughters Mia, eight, and Lena, four, before having their son Lucas, one.
Speaking with Australian Women’s Weekly in 2019, Zara shared that moving to Australia may be on the agenda in the future.
“Probably not while I’m still competing. It would be a little hard to commute. But after that…yeah, I think if the opportunity came, we would definitely think about it,” she said.
The King’s niece has been an ambassador for Australian racing carnival Magic Millions since 2012, which has seen her make several trips to the country in the past.
Zara and Mike spoke about how their children have enjoyed the country and praised the relaxed lifestyle.
“The beginning of January is bleak here so it’s nice to go and enjoy the sun a bit. I like the Australian lifestyle and the ability to get up early, go to the beach – especially for the kids is it’s great to take them into the ocean,” Maik said.
He added: “It’s not a rushed lifestyle. I think it’s a great place and we enjoy it so much.”
Zara continued: “Mia loves to swim. Of course the climate allows you to go swimming all day every day. When we first brought her to Australia she was 11 months old; we kickstarted her love of water.
“She swims at home with lessons twice a week,” Mike says. “If she’s anywhere near a pool, she’d be there all day.
“And that came from Australia when we went six weeks when she was three and stayed in a place with a pool. It was all she wanted to do.”
Mike and Zara live on Aston Farm near Gatcombe Park after moving to the property in 2013. They filed plans to add a conservatory to the house as part of a two-storey extension in 2018, which was approved shortly after the birth of daughter Lena in June.
The extension meant that their floor space increased from 115.5 m² to 135.5 m², with a “larger work area” in their new open plan kitchen and dining room, and a new toilet and utility room on the ground floor.
Zara Tindall has not stopped riding yet and took part in the Nations Cup team at the CHIO Aachen World Equestrian Festival in Germany in mid-September last year, as reported by Horse and Hound.
The British team took third place when Zara teamed up with Gleadhill House Stud Ltd’s 12-year-old Chestnut Class Affair.