Mcdonald’s Establishes ‘Road Trip Rules’ in New Campaign for Australia

If the driver’s music selection sucks, they lose all rights to radio control.





McDonald’s in Australia has launched a new campaign via sports and entertainment agency Gemba.

Called ‘Macca’s Road Trip Rules’, the campaign features an ad starting AFL players Christian ‘Trac’ Petracca of the Melbourne Demons and Bailey ‘Baz’ Smith of the Western Bulldogs.

The pair hop into a classic VW bus ready for a road trip before the detailed rules of the road trip kick in – ranging from ‘calling shotgun’ to the rule that the driver controls the music. However, according to “Clause A” if your music is woeful the driver forfeits that right.


“Macca’s were after an idea that leveraged their partnership with AFL and planted a flag in Australian summer culture,” said John Weir, creative director at Gemba. “Of all the summer rituals that Aussies take part in, hitting the highway for a holiday is right up there. Research told us Aussies were almost unanimous in agreeing that every road trip requires at least one Macca’s stop along the way.”

Melissa Rogers, McDonald’s VIC state marketing manager, added: “A big part of our brief was to show how Macca’s brings friends together over summer, and these spots do a wonderful job at that. The rapport captured between Christian and Bailey is real, and we love how the campaign encourages people to weigh in on the conversation – what ‘road trip rules’ do YOU think are the most important? We anticipate some lively debate.”

The ‘Macca’s Road Trip Rules’ campaign features four 15-second spots and a hero film, supported by OOH, retail and digital.



Client: McDonald’s
State Marketing Manager (VIC/TAS): Melissa Rogers
Marketing Consultant (VIC/TAS): Amy Phillips

Agency & Production: Gemba
Executive Creative Director: Boyd Hicklin
Executive Producer: Alexandra Longbottom
Creative Director: John Weir
Creative Director: Nick Snelling
Senior Account Director: Zoé Hartas
Account Manager: Conor Gilchrist
Producer: Luke Coulson
Production Assistant: Ally Kirkwood
Graphic Design & Illustration: Julia Mancuso
Director / Scriptwriter: Nick Snelling
Director of Photography: David Guest
Stills Photography: Chris Hillary

Post-Production: Mr Fox
Editor, Colourist & Online: Drew Moden
Sound Design: Matt Perrott (Mighty Sound Studios)
Music: Stevic Mackay
Voice-over: Andrew Hazzard, Claire Lovering, Nick Snelling

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