By Mail Online Reporter
Lightening the load: Dannii Minogue fills her trolley up with household goods as she goes shopping with boyfriend Kris Smith in Melbourne, Australia, yesterday
At eight months pregnant, Dannii Minogue certainly has a heavy load to carry.
And judging by this shopping spree, it's not just the burgeoning bump we're talking about.
The X Factor judge's trolley was laden with household goods as she took boyfriend Kris Smith and a friend to get stocked up for their new £1million Melbourne home.
And the 38-year-old star's bump looked bigger than ever, bundled up in a poncho-style cardigan which she teamed with a tie-dye scarf, a beret hat, knee high boots, leggings and a form-fitting top.
Dannii looked very much in love with 32-year-old Kris as they perused Howards Storage World and Ikea at Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre in Melbourne Park yesterday.
Hand-in-hand, the pair loaded up their trolley with household items as they shot each other affectionate looks while Dannii laid a protective hand over her stomach.
The couple have just managed to find the time to move into their new family home in her native Melbourne, just weeks before their baby is due.
Minogue and model Smith have bought a £1million two-storey house with a large garden and heated outdoor swimming pool.
The couple bought the house in April when Minogue was travelling around the country filming her role as a judge on TV talent show Australia's Got Talent.
Hand-in-hand: Seen here with Kris Smith and another friend who came along for the shopping trip
But they only got to move in last week after spending the past few months at Dannii's parents Ron and Carol's home a few miles away.
The gated property features several ensuite bedrooms, solid wood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows and even a hot tub.
The AUS$1.77million price tag is quite expensive for Melbourne, whose property prices are more affordable than London - the average house price in the Australian city is approximately AUS$500,000.
Open plan living: Dannii and Kris have bought this £1million family home in the affluent Melbourne suburb of East Hawthorn
Tropical garden: The large garden features a swimming pool and jacuzzi bordered by palm trees
East Hawthorn is an affluent middle-class suburb just nine miles east of Melbourne's CBD and is only a few miles from the singer's parents home in Surrey Hills, where the Minogue siblings grew up.
Although being based in the UK for the past few years and living in her London flat, the mum-to-be decided she wanted to have her family around her as she prepared to give birth.
Her older sister Kylie is expected to fly to Australia next month, while their cameraman brother Brendan, who has sons Charles and James, also lives in Melbourne.
Private: The stylish two-storey home is gated and situated in the affluent middle class suburb of East Hawthorn
She said earlier this year: 'Kris's work now is predominantly here in Melbourne and Sydney and we've got to be together and at home as it's really important.
'Also I think it's important for a mother of a baby to have her mother around.'
She told the Mail on Sunday's You magazine earlier this month: '(Kylie) is so excited, but I don’t want her waiting around when she has work to do.'
With her other home in London currently experiencing a heatwave, the heavily pregnant star is probably welcoming the cool Melbourne winter weather.
Pristine: The immaculate kitchen features a breakfast bar for lazy mornings
Just lounging: The living/dining area is open-plan and lets in lots of light
Busy Dannii has spent most of this year in Australia, working on her Project D fashion line and judging on Australia's Got Talent.
After giving birth to her baby in mid-July, Dannii is expected to return to the UK in September to resume her judging duties on The X Factor during the 'judges' houses' section.
During her maternity leave from the show, ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, Natalie Imbruglia, Katy Perry and Pixie Lott have been standing in for her during the live auditions.
Child's play: A large play room looks like it could be a perfect nursery for Dannii's new baby
Minimalist: One of the luxurious bathrooms features clean white and brown lines
No doubt, fans will be expecting to see which judge wins the fashion war in the new series after Minogue was the clear winner in 2009.
Minogue told You: 'It’s hard on both of us, because you want to have your own vibe and do your own thing.
'It reminded me of the years I’ve been through with Kylie: "Who’s better? Who’s prettier? Who’s got nicer clothes?"'
Shall we put the X Factor on? The open plan living area and kitchen looks like a comfy place to settle down in front of the box
Looking stylish: The X Factor judge bundled her growing bump in a poncho-style cardigan, teamed with a beret hat and knee-high boots
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