South West WA Tourism’s latest campaign has put four Queens in a van for a fun 12-day road trip throughout Western Australia.
Aimed at attracting east coast holiday seekers, the campaign follows four fun-loving women as they travel from Perth to Esperance, showcasing the characters they meet en route against a backdrop of stunning landscapes.
The ad was put together by the advertising, communications and branding agency, 303 MullenLowe, and the full-service global media agency Mediahub.
303 MullenLowe’s planning director, Smiljka Dimitrijevic said: “On paper, The South West Edge may not seem dissimilar to other road trips in Australia, with an abundance of ocean, nature, wineries and attractions along the way.
“However, on our own reconnaissance trip along The Edge we saw exactly why this slice of Australia is unlike anywhere else in the world; the region is filled with amazingly quirky characters creating off-the-wall experiences for those who cross their paths.”
Leveraging episodic storytelling, a 12-day targeted social campaign follows the Queens on their 12-day road trip.
The Queens’ adventures are also being tracked through a partnership with Melbourne’s Nova 100 and SmoothFM, with WA’s own Joel Creasey regularly checking in throughout their trip, and then offering Victorians the chance to travel the Edge themselves via a bespoke ‘Never Have I Ever’ competition, which includes social and digital integration and amplification.
The women involved in Queens On The Edge – Bernie, Roz, Sandy, and Lisa – were cast to be part of the campaign after chance meetings while the 303 MullenLowe’s creative team were experiencing the road trip for themselves.
“Our creative was inspired by research, which showed that an increasing number of women in their 60s and 70s are setting off in their Winnebagos – no kids nor husbands in tow,” Dimitrijevic said.
“Life has become too short for that. They want freedom on their terms. And The South West Edge has bucketloads on offer, making it the perfect freedom destination.”
This project received funding through the Australian Government’s Recovery for Regional Tourism Program administered by Austrade.
It is the first campaign 303 MullenLowe and Mediahub have undertaken for The South West Edge since winning the account in a pitch process last year.
The client is a new committee comprising Destination Perth (including Rottnest Island), Australia’s South West, and The Golden Outback – specifically formed to promote extended visitation across The South West Edge to interstate travellers.