Windows down, feet up, hair blowing in the wind, and your favorite music blasting – this is probably the first picture that comes to mind anytime anyone finds themselves wishing they were somewhere else. Which, around 4 p.m. on any given weekday, surely most people do. It can’t just be us, right?
This picture may sound perfect already, but what you don’t know it’s missing are the jaw-dropping views paired with marvelous, dreamlike adventures scattered all along the western coast of Australia.
The 800-mile Coral Coast between Perth and the North West Cape – along a highway where time ceases to exist called Indian Ocean Drive – is somehow safe from swarming tourism. On top of the beauty of a remote paradise, this makes it extra ideal for stopping and going on a whim, and all the happiness that having absolutely no schedule brings with it.
But we digress: there are some must-sees along this drive through western Australia, from miles of white sand dunes to a remote community living partially off the grid who seems perfectly content to just stay there forever. Once you see it, you probably won’t blame them.
Here are the highlights – but you’ll have to go see them to know what makes them so special:
1. Lancelin’s white sand dunes
2. Nambung National Park Pinnacles
3. Kalbarri’s red coastal cliffs
4. UNESCO world heritage site Shark Bay
5. Southern Beekeepers Nature Reserve
6. Lesueur National Park
7. Jurien Bay
8. Ningaloo Reef
9. And: the Abrolhos Islands (if you have time for a short flight there and back)
“Most foreigners don’t know about this region, most Australians don’t know about this region, and most Western Australians don’t know about this region [of Australia]…it’s unspoiled,” according to one Aussie.
It’s waiting for you!
Here’s Just How Different McDonald’s Food Looks Around The World
McDonald’s is one of the most iconic fast-food franchises across the globe. There are very few places in the world where you can not find the golden arches but don’t expect that they will have your favorites. In fact, the menu is full of unique items depending on the country. So here’s just how different McDonald’s food looks from around the world. Some of them sound pretty amazing, and we know like us, you will be saying, “why don’t we have that?!”
McMollettes – Mexico
In Mexico, you can start your day off with an open-faced McMuffin called McMollettes. This is an English muffin with refried beans, salsa, and cheese on top of it. It seems like a pretty good way to start the day for us.
This Mexican treat is available on the breakfast menu and all over the country. So if you are looking for a quick bite, maybe this is a good option for you.
Chicha Purple Temptation – Peru
How fancy! In Peru, you can get a five-star dessert made of blue corn. This ingredient is very popular in South America, which is why the fast-food chain probably included it on the menu. But it certainly looks out of place!
Not only because it looks so well plated but because it is a very unique color. We might feel weird trying next to our Big Mac but hey, when in Peru…
Petit Pancakes – Japan
Sometimes you want pancakes, but you want a smaller portion, so they are easier to eat. In Japanese McDonald’s, they have a menu item that answers this desire. The Petite Pancakes come in a small box.
But don’t stress you still have access to the full-sized version as well. This is just for those that are looking for a smaller breakfast that is easy to eat on the go.
Shaka Shaka Chicken – Japan
We all have different tastes when it comes to our food, and that includes a fried piece of chicken. In Japan, they have something called Shaka Shaka Chicken. This is a piece of chicken that comes with its flavoring on the side.
You can choose from red pepper flakes, BBQ, or powdered cheese. Then sprinkle it on the chicken or pour it into the bag and shake.
Shrimp Beef Burger – Korea
Surf and turf are usually saved for more upscale restaurants, but in Korea, they wanted to include the budget-minded diner. That is why McDonald’s put the shrimp beef burger on the menu. This is a large burger that gives a little taste of everything.
Two beef patties, a fried shrimp cake, and all the traditional toppings are what you will get. Sounds pretty darn filling!
Chicken McDo With Spaghetti – Philippines
Typically if you wanted to get fried chicken and wanted to go to a fast food place, your first stop would be KFC. But when in the Philippines, you can also stop by Mickey D’s. You will want to order the Chicken McDo.
You can have the meal with rice, on its own or even with spaghetti. But be warned, the spaghetti sauce is a little on the sweet side.
McKroket – Netherlands
The burger looks innocuous but don’t be fooled by its simple appearance – it packs a lot of flavor and sodium. The McKroket is a croquette with mustard sauce sandwiched between two buns. But the croquette holds a surprise.
When you bite into it, you will be greeted with a beef stew from inside the croquette. This is one of the most popular items on the menu in the Netherlands, and we can see why.
Bacon Roll – UK
The UK has a wide range of breakfast options, but one of the fastest and maybe the most budget-friendly is this sandwich from McDonald’s. It is simply just some bacon thrown between two rolls and topped with your choice of ketchup or brown sauce (sort of like English barbecue sauce).
It may be simple, and you may hear your arteries clogging before you eat it, but it certainly sounds delicious.
Ham N’ Egg Twisty Pasta – Hong Kong
Hong Kong actually has a lot of pretty interesting menu items when it comes to Mickey D’s. For instance, this breakfast meal which has pasta as its base. The full breakfast comes with either ham or sausage for breakfast and for lunch…
This twisty pasta dish also comes with chicken in the alter hours of the day. This seems like a pretty filling meal and one that is a big hit in Hong Kong as we are sure it would be in many other places.
Gratin Croquette Burger (Seasonal) – Japan
Certain items have a seasonal release—items like the McRib and this delicious burger from McDonald’s in Japan. The Gratin Croquette Burger stars a fried patty created with crab and macaroni and cheese.
Sounds good, right? Well, if you have no aversion to shellfish, make sure you take a trip to Japan in the winter so you can try this treat.
Poutine – Canada
Canadians love their poutine. This dish stars French fries smothered in gravy and topped with cheese curds. Because this is almost a national dish, McDonald’s has placed its contribution to this icon on their menu.
Using their famous fries, they have crafted a cheap and delicious version of poutine. It seems like this would be a great addition to the general menu for the rest of the world too!
McChicken Mozzarella – Korea
Chicken and cheese go together like, well, cheese and pretty much anything in our minds. But wouldn’t that delicious chicken sandwich from Mickey D’s be even better with some mozzarella sticks on it?
In Korea, they think so, and that is why they offer a McChicken Mozzarella on their menu. We just hope they give you a choice of sauces so you can customize the favor to your liking.
Chicken &Amp; Egg Burger – Hong Kong
Adding an egg used to be something that wasn’t available everywhere. Recently that has changed, and it may well be because of the popularity of the chicken and egg burger that is available in Hong Kong.
The combination may sound strange to some, but you will apparently be a convert once you have tried it. The good news is you don’t have to travel that far to get this anymore, but it was where it started.
Baci Perugina McFlurry – Italy
There are candies and chocolates that are unique to every country. In Italy, one of the most popular and classic is Baci Perugina. The popularity and familiarity of this chocolate didn’t escape the chefs at McDonald’s.
In that beautiful country, you can have the chocolate mixed into a McFlurry as part of the dessert menu. We are in, any time you mix chocolate into ice cream! It can’t be bad, right!?
Cordon Bleu Burger (Discontinued) – Poland
Cordon Bleu is one of those dishes that is usually reserved for regular food establishments. It is a delicious piece of chicken and ham combined generally with some sort of cheese. All of that makes it sound perfect to try to add to a burger, right?
Well, in Poland, the answer to that question was yes. This burger used bacon as the pork option and then set the rest of the ingredients between two onion buns. Unfortunately, this burger didn’t get the reaction they thought it would and eventually was taken off the menu. Too bad; sounds pretty good.
Iced Milk Tea – Hong Kong
Iced milk coffee is one of those things that is very popular in some regions of the world. It is very big in Southeast Asia and many of the islands near there.
So when something is a staple, McDonald’s tries to offer it. That is why when visiting a branch in Hong Kong, you will see this sweet and refreshing item on the drink menu.
Pizza McPuff – India
Stuff some veggies, mozzarella, and tomato sauce into a pastry and fry it. That doesn’t sound bad at all, right? This side dish is a real thing in McDonald’s in India, which seems like yet another reason to visit the country.
They are quick bites that are easy to grab and go. This makes them almost like street food that can give you a little variety when you are longing for something more familiar.
McRice Burger (Discontinued) – Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan
Nowadays, the McDonald’s in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Taiwan all offer traditional buns and English muffins. But they used to only offer McRice burgers. That would be all the typical sandwiches served between two sticky rice patties.
These sandwiches could contain fish, chicken, and beef. Why they removed them from the menu is beyond us; they sound kind of good. Would you try one?
McFloat – Hong Kong
There are a lot of questions that need to be answered with this one. The biggest of these is why this is not available in the home country of the fast-food chain? Coke floats were at one point very big in the US, but apparently, it was much bigger in Hong Kong.
Coke is also an American brand but very popular overseas, so on top of this delicious ice cream topped treat the McDonald’s restaurants in Hong Kong offer lemon coke.
McLobster (Discontinued) – Canada
Lobster and McDonald’s seem like two words that never should meet. However, in Canada, they clearly didn’t think that was the case as they put a lobster roll on their menu. It didn’t gain the popularity they were hoping it would, so they removed it from the menu.
The only issue, though, was that the price of the lobster was very expensive. So the Canadian McDonald’s quickly realized that this was not a winning idea.
Sweet Corn – Japan
Corn may be native to North America, but Europe and Asia have found a special place in their heart for the veggie. You can find corn everywhere, and that includes at McDonald’s.
In Japan, they have a small cup of sweet corn you can order or have instead of those fries. Sounds way more healthy and a cool way to change it up. You now can get your veggies in for the day!
Cadbury Crème Egg McFlurry – Australia, Canada, UK
In the US, Cadbury is only big at Easter time, but in places like the UK, Australia, and Canada, it is popular all year long. So it would make sense that the fast-food chain would find a way to add it to their menu.
In this case, it comes in the form of a McFlurry. This McFlurry is made with the traditional vanilla ice cream and topped with egg fondant sauce and chocolate chunks.
Sweety Con Nutella (Discontinued) – Italy
Nutella is a phenomenon in many corners of the world. But maybe it is most popular in the country that it was invented in, Italy. This is why there are many desserts made with it, including a few on the McDonald’s menu.
The Sweety was a small dessert sandwich. Simply it was two soft buns with Nutella in the center. This sweet treat is no longer available, but you still can get your Nutella fix with the McCrunchy Bread with Nutella.
Spicy Paneer Wrap – India
Paneer cheese is a staple in Indian cuisine, so finding a way to include it in the McDonald’s menu was vital. Why not wrap it up, slap some spice on it and make it a wrap? It seems like the right idea, which may be why the Spicy paneer wrap is so popular.
This is a great option for vegetarians, which is also important in India, as many people are vegetarian for religious purposes.
Black and White Burgers (Discontinued) – China
If you want variety, then maybe the black and white burgers in China might be a good choice for you (that is, if they were still on the menu). The black burger bun was dyed with squid ink and was a traditional burger.
The white bun was topped with black sesame seeds and was a chicken burger. On top of that, each was topped with mashed potatoes and bacon.
McToast Chocolate (Discontinued) – Germany
McToast comes in many flavors, most of them savory, but one offers a choice for those with a bit of a sweet tooth in the morning. In Germany, there was McToast Chocolate at one time.
It was a thin layer of milk chocolate in a folded wheat flatbread. It is no longer available, but don’t worry, there are plenty of sweet treats on the McDonald’s menu in Germany.
McNoodles (Discontinued) – Austria
Sometimes you throw something against the wall to see if it sticks, and that is just what the McDonald’s in Austria did in 2012. Importing select ingredients, the test kitchens whipped up an Asian inspired dish called McNoodles.
These noodle dishes had veggies, chicken, salad, and your choice of sweet and sour or curry sauce. It didn’t do well, and so it was taken off the menu.
Oreo McShake – Uruguay
Oreo McFlurry’s are delicious and something that is on McDonald’s menus around the world. So then why is it that the shake is only available in Uruguay? That seems like a miscarriage of justice to us.
This sounds delicious, and something we would all like to partake of, so maybe the brass at McDonald’s could see fit to put it on all the menus. Pretty please!
KitKat McFlurry – Australia
The McFlurry may be the perfect creation when it comes to ice cream. You can mix it with anything, and one of the best things is popular candies. You have M&M’s, and if you’re in Australia, KitKats. Why isn’t this everywhere?
Mixing broken-up KitKat’s and mixing in some chocolate sauce and ice cream could be the perfect way to round out your McDonald’s meal or just do a sweet treat on a hot day.
Apple Fritter Donut – Canada
To combat the growing competition from places like Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks, some McDonald’s have begun carrying fresh-baked pastries. Each of these will, of course, have a menu dependent on their location.
In Canadian McDonald’s, this means having some delicious apple fritter doughnuts. These are way easier to pop into your mouth than the traditional version of this pastry.
McToast – Italy
If you want a crustless toasted sandwich for breakfast, you are in luck if you are rolling through a Mickey D’s in Italy. The McToast is a sandwich that is basically a ham and cheese sandwich, the perfect size for a quick breakfast in the morning.
It may be simple, but many of us would like to have something simple and maybe a little healthier than other options on the menu.
Ovomaltine McFlurry – Brazil
When you are thinking of McFlurry’s, you do not think about health, but in Brazil, they do. In fact, one of the most popular options for this ice cream treat is an Ovomaltine, which is otherwise known as Ovaltine in other parts of the world.
This dessert treat is also available in other parts of the world, but it is not a universal offering on any McDonald’s menu.
McCurry Pan – India
If you are traveling through India, you want to try a few different curries. Maybe that means you might want to stop by one of the McDonald’s and try out this meal available on their vegetarian menu.
This dish is a creamy curry that is served on a tray made of bread. This gives it a more filling finish, and that is important when you are not eating meat.
McShrimp – Russia
Having options as a side is always nice. There are many different options across the globe when it comes to McDonald’s sides. In Russia, one of these is the McShrimp, which is simply breaded shrimp.
It seems like a crazy addition to the menu, but hey, there is no accounting for taste. Besides, sometimes you just feel like fried shrimp, right? We wouldn’t shun trying this interesting addition to the menu.
Taro Pie – China
A very traditional offering when it comes to desserts at McDonald’s is the fried hand pies. Each country’s thought has its own variations that are usually created from popular fruits in the country.
For instance, in the US, Apple pies are popular, and in China, their version of that is the taro pie. The pie is filled with purple taro root, which is like a purple sweet potato.
Prosperity Burger – Malaysia
This menu item from Malaysia is the McRib in the witness protection program, or maybe the Prosperity Burger is the McRib’s spicy cousin. The sandwich is a beef patty bathed in a black pepper sauce and topped with onions.
Sounds delicious; if only they would add pickles, then we would be down to try this item the next time we are in Malaysia. How about you?
Chili Cheese Tops – Norway
You may not think of spice when you hear the name Norway, but apparently, they like a little here and there. One of the places they can get a bit of that heat is at McDonald’s. In Norway, you can choose something called Chili Cheese Tops.
These are a cheesy version of a jalapeno popper. Chopped up chilies are mixed with cheese and then breaded and fried. It is a popular side of the country.
McNurnburger (Discontinued) – Germany
Like every country in the world, Germany is known for certain foods. One of the most well-known features of German cuisine is the sausage or bratwurst.
Taking three Nurnberger sausages and placing them in a bun with mustard and onions, the German McDonald’s tried to bring some regional appeal to the chain. It didn’t do as well as they thought, and eventually, it was discontinued.
Mashed Potato Burger – China
Have you ever thought that the double patty at McDonald’s could be better? Maybe by adding something like mashed potatoes. In China, this is how they solved the cravings for something different.
In 2012, as part of a special campaign, the fast-food giant added a scoop of mashed potatoes, which sounds delicious but hard to eat! You would definitely need some napkins close by!
NYC Benedict Bagel – New Zealand
One meal that McDonald’s hasn’t conquered is brunch. The menu jumps straight from breakfast to lunch, that is, unless you are living down in New Zealand. They have one sandwich that can bridge the gap.
The Benedict bagel is a bagel sandwich that is filled with bacon, egg, and cheese and then topped with a hollandaise sauce. Seems pretty fancy for Mickey D’s, but delicious!
Apricot Sundae (Seasonal) – Turkey
McFlurry’s are nice, but at other times, a simple fruity ice cream sundae is just as good. There are many toppings that can be used, and the offerings will depend on the country that you are enjoying it in.
If you’re in Turkey during the summer, one of the offerings is an apricot sundae. This sundae is also available in a meal that includes chicken nuggets. Unique but sounds pretty good!
Banana Milkshake – Japan
Ever since Illumination put those little yellow minions on the screen, they have been super popular. They have spurred on many minions-themed items on the McDonald’s menu, and one of those is the banana milkshake in Japan.
They aren’t only available in that country but can also be found on the menus in England and Italy. The only difference is that the ones in England and Italy are not sold with any affiliation to the Minions.
Bacon Mac-N-Cheese Toastie (Discontinued) – Hong Kong
Mac-n-cheese that is infused with bacon with some crunchy bread sounds pretty good, right? This Bacon Mac-N-Cheese toastie is kind of like a carb-filled panini, and in 2017, it was available in McDonald’s in Hong Kong.
It may be less than healthy, which may be why the McDonald’s franchises in Hong Kong discontinued it. But like everything else, maybe it will make a comeback.
Tomato &Amp; Mozzarella Turnovers – Italy
There are a few things that come to mind when you think of Italian food, and two of those are definitely tomatoes and mozzarella. So the McDonald’s in Italy took those two iconic ingredients, wrapped them in pastry, and created these delicious turnovers.
In Italy, these little treats are called panzerotti, and they look super yummy. Next time you are in Italy, make sure to try them out.
Chicken Maharaja Burger – India
This is a very special burger. Not only does it come in both meat and vegetarian options, but it is the tallest burger ever made by McDonald’s. In some ways, this is the Indian version of the Big Mac.
It may take a little work to get your mouth around this burger, but if you’re looking for something different from your McDonald’s experience, then it is a must-try. If for no other reason than to say that you have tried the tallest McDonald’s sandwich ever made.