From Melbourne to Darwin… And back!
We have seen
plenty of committed Kymco fans in the past, but none more so than Andrew
Dronia, who recently completed a return trip to Darwin from Melbourne
on a Kymco Xciting 500 scooter. This Kymco Adventure shows Andrew’s love
for the Australian countryside, his passion for adventure, and his
immense confidence in the Kymco brand.
So, what would possess a person to do a round trip from Melbourne to
Darwin on a Scooter? The short answer is- we are blessed with an amazing
and diverse country and I wanted to see it. My mates thought I was
crackers and that I wouldn’t make it to the border, but I knew better
having done day rides out of Melbourne to the border and down the Great
My choice of weapon for this adventure was a KYMCO Xciting 500 Sports
Maxi Scooter. My decision to purchase this scooter was easy after
testing the market place; it was the best overall package in price,
performance and warranty. As an inner city dweller, I needed a traffic
easy, manoeuvrable machine, with the versatility to also comfortably
take me 300km to my holiday house and for day rides with my mates on
The route for the trip was planned, 7 days up and back from Melbourne to
Darwin, Darwin to Melbourne at around 570km a day.
From Melbourne I travelled to Renmark, Port Augusta, Cadney Park, Alice
Springs, Tennant Creek, Mataranka and Darwin. My original plan had me
camping all the way however, due to the extreme temperatures, motels
were a must!
Unfortunately, a heat wave coincided with the beginning of my trip.
Through the first two days of riding, I battled against
40-50 Kph head winds at 40+ degrees and also suffered a puncture, due
to a poorly repaired rear tyre.
Day 3, travelling to Cadney Park saw a cool West South
Westerly change, and by the time I was at Woomera, I needed to put on
full winter gear for the cold.
Day 4 had me riding into Alice with increasing
temperatures and rougher road surfaces, my behind started to feel the
Day 5 to Tennant Creek was very hot, but the road surface did
improve once I got past the Tropic of Capricorn. The scenery was hazed
with smoke fires to the North East.
On Day 6 travelling to Mataranka the weather was
sizzling, but the smoke took the ferocity out of the sun. On reaching
the highway roadhouse at Daly Waters, the High Octane pump wasn’t
working and I was told 80km away at Larrimah I would be able to get
fuel. To my dismay on arrival at Larrimah I discovered the service
station had burnt down years earlier. Luckily, I carried spare fuel to
take me up to 200km.
Mataranka Homestead and Springs was a refreshing stop in the heat.
Day 7 - destination Darwin; saw me take my first stop in
Katherine after dodging wallabies all morning with a hope of a
refreshing swim in the famous gorge, however with the town at rest I
decided to push on. I reached Darwin with 4003km on the trip gauge from
The trip home was even better! The scenery was incredible, mainly due to
the formation of the land in waves. When riding south to north you see
the back of the wave and north to south the fronts, so all the rock
escarpments were just spectacular. The ever changing landscape on a trip
like this is amazing and is etched into my memory forever.
My trusty Kymco Xciting 500 stead didn’t miss a beat on this trip, and
if it wasn’t for the tyre repair in Renmark and its replacement on my
return, things ran with mechanical perfection. 8000km's in 14 days,
9000km total trip distance, not bad on a scooter!!!!
Next, maybe a lap around Oz?