I have admitted a preference for cold destinations but have liked some hot places too. Below are 3 of them.
Broome is a town in northern Western Australia in its tropical zone. It’s now a beach resort kind of place similar to much of lower Florida. Easily accessed by public transportation from a city that has long appealed to survivalist personalities, Cable is a 13 1/2 mile long beach with many posh resorts and more modestly priced accommodations on the Indian Ocean. There are many pearl farms in the area, and pearl diving was an important part of Broome’s history. A city with a population now of about 15,000, Broome is the unofficial capital of the vast Kimberley region that stretches eastward from it almost to Darwin.
There are 4 major attractions here and nearby. To the north of Broome is the Dampier Peninsula, which is home to several Aboriginal communities. The Horizontal Falls, a phenomenon caused by a tidal reversal, is far enough away to require chartering a boat or seaplane to see it. The Staircase to the Moon is a closer-to-Broome sight. In town and worth experiencing is Sun Pictures. In operation since 1913, this outdoor movie theater on Carnarvon Street is the oldest theater of this type in the world. Despite Covid, it’s opened and a good place to see an Australian film. Like other tropical towns with many mango trees, Broome is especially busy from mid-June to mid-August. Typical of tropical destinations, visitors don’t decide to go there in cold or hot weather. They go there in the dry but not the wet season.
Eze sits atop a mountain between Monaco and Nice, France. Visitors climb to the top of this medieval village on the French Riviera via a circular path that takes them 1,400 feet above sea level so they get both hot and cooled. Spectacular views of what is below are common. Below Eze near where visitors park is the tourable and interesting Parfumerie Fragonard. Expect temptation in Fragonard to spend some euros because this is not just a perfume seller but an actual fragrance factory.
Another town in The Kimberley that has a tropical climate is Kununurra. It’s at the other end of this vast, empty region with few towns near Western Australia’s border with the Northern Territory. A town of about 5,000, Kununurra is about the hottest destination I have really liked. Its average temperature is 83.9 degrees Fahrenheit.
From Kununurra, most visitors go to or at least fly over The Kimberley’s greatest attraction, a strange mountain range knows as The Bungle Bungles. They also in the past have gone to the Argyle Diamond Mine, but it’s expected to close at the end of this year even though many valuable pink diamonds are still buried there. This mine has traditionally provided 90% of the world’s supply of this gemstone, so their prices are expected to rise. I don’t know the fate of the retail sellers of pink and other diamonds in Kununurra, but over time this area has developed into a thriving food producing region. It has also become one of the world’s major suppliers of sandalwood. Those who journey to Kununurra from Darwin, the closest city to it, are almost guaranteed to see Australian crocodiles. They live in the river that starts at Lake Argyle and flows by Kununurra.