McDonald's celebrates 50 years of Macca's in Australia via DDB Sydney

Paige Murphy
By Paige Murphy | 12 July 2021

Aussies' unique Macca’s traditions – like dipping fries in sundaes, enjoying a wedding day McDonald’s burger, and bunny-hopping through the Drive-Thru on your P Plates – are the focus of the restaurant’s 50th birthday campaign via DDB Sydney.

The hero TVC celebrates the role Macca’s has played in Aussie lives and Aussie culture since its first local restaurant opened in Yagoona in 1971.

A second brand TVC thanks Macca’s crew members past and present who have kept the doors open for 50 years, and, like the hero film, is set to Daryl Braithwaite’s iconic Aussie tune, The Horses.

The 10-week integrated campaign is running across TV, out-of-home (OOH), social, digital, print, and radio.

OOH and print executions honour the perfect pairing that is Drive-Thru and a road trip, and acknowledges that while "We arrived as McDonald’s, you made us Macca’s".

Macca’s has pulled out all stops to mark the milestone birthday, launching limited time food items including the Birthday Cake McFlurry, exciting activations, and merch collaborations with iconic Aussie designers.

“Aussies have welcomed Macca’s into their lives for 50 years – from birthday parties and road trips, to late night snacks and post-match feeds," McDonald’s Australia national marketing manager Amanda Nakad says.

"Combined with our crew, they made us who we are today."

The brand’s 50th Australian birthday also marks McDonald’s 50th anniversary with its creative agency, DDB.

“Macca’s brought the Drive-Thru, Australia brought the road trip," DDB Australia chief creative officer Ben Welsh says.

"Thanks for 50 years of Happy Meals and Hash Browns.”

Client: McDonald’s Australia
Chief Marketing Officer: Chris Brown
National Marketing Manager: Amanda Nakad
Senior Brand Manager: Nichole Tsiros

Creative Agency: DDB Sydney
PR: Mango Communications
Media: OMD
CRM: Digitas
In-Restaurant: Guihen Jones
Partnerships: The Joester Loria Group
Promotional Merchandise: The Marketing Store

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