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What Are the Pink Lakes in Western Australia: 10 Icons

Have you heard about lakes being pink in colour? You will be amazed that there are numerous pink lakes in Australia, the most famous and popular being the pink lake western Australia.

This amazing natural phenomenon of lakes being pink in Australia is something out of the world. The beautiful clear blue sky contrasting with the pink lake looks breathtaking.

The popular pink lakes in western Australia are Lake Hillier, Hutt Lagoon, and Lake Warden. Additionally, there are a few pink lagoons in Victoria and South Australia.

Why Are Lakes Pink In Australia

Many factors regulate and determine Australia’s great pink lakes. The excess quantity of salt in the lake is one reason the lakes are pink. Halobacteria and algae named Dunaliella Salina mix with salt water during hot days to turn it into a bright pink lake.

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Best Time To Visit Australia’s Pink Lakes

Most of the pink lakes in Australia change their colour throughout the day and a few times of the year. The lakes only turn pink when the climatic condition is favourable. The pink lake colour is temporary and changes from pastel to bubblegum colour.

During summers, there is less cloud coverage, and the strong Australian sun makes the lake’s colour much more intense than in the winter. Thus, visiting Australia’s pink lakes during the summer is advisable.

Pink Lake Western Australia

The pink lakes in western Australia are Lake Hiller, Hutt Lagoon, Lake Warden and Quairading  Pink Lake.

1. Lake Hillier

Undoubtedly, Lake Hillier is one of the most popular lakes under the pink lake in western Australia. It is located on the middle island of west Australia and remains pink year-round.

However, this pink lake is quite hard to access since its difficult for tourists to get to the 6 km long island, and also, the pink lake can only be viewed by a boat or a scenic flight. The tourists are restricted from swimming in the pink salt lake due to the high amount of salt in the water, which makes it risky if the tourists have any cuts on their bodies.

You can explore the camp ruins of pirate Jack Anderson from the 1830s if you take a walk around the island.

2. Hutt Lagoon

The next popular Western Australia pink lake is the Hutt Lagoon. The lake is one of Western Australia’s iconic attractions for tourists. The Hutt Lagoon is famous and known for being the world’s largest production site of microalgae.

The colour of the pink Hutt Lagoon lake is due to an algae production that produces beta-carotene. If you don’t know what beta carotene is, it is a natural food colouring agent. This raw food dye makes various cosmetic products, supplements, and medicines.

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The salt levels of the Hutt Lagoon pink lake are extremely high. Hard salt crystals cover the bottom of the salt lake. A long six-hour drive from Perth through the Indian Ocean highway will bring you to the Hutt Lagoon pink lake. However, if you want to view the Hutt Lagoon from above, there is a scenic flight leaving from Geraldton to Hutt Lagoon pink lake.

This massive pink lake stretches over 70 km, and the lake changes from bright pink to muddy chocolate during the day, depending on the sky and time. The favourable time for the tourists to visit the lake is from 10 am – 4 pm on a sunny day.

3. Lake Warden

Another well-known Western Australia pink lake is Lake Warden. This pink lake is located around the Esperance area in Western Australia. Five to six minutes walking distance from Lake Spencer (another pink lake) is Lake Warden.

However, Lake Spencer presently does not come under famous Australia’s pink lakes. The lake has lost its vibrant pink colour due to many external factors like salt mining and highway and railway constructions.

4. Quairading Pink Lake

A two-hour road trip from Perth is the Quairading pink lake. The exceptional beauty of this lake is that the road drive is right in the middle of the Quarading pink lake.

One side of the lake is dusky pink in colour, whereas the other side of the lake is blue or magenta, depending on the climatic conditions and the time of year you visit.

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Pink Lakes In Victoria

The popular pink lake in Victoria is the Murray Sunset National Park Lakes.

5. Murray-Sunset National Park Lakes

The Murray Sunset National Park Lakes is located 50km south of Mildura in North Western Victoria. Four lakes cover the Murray Sunset National Park. The other pink lakes are Lake Becking, Lake Kenyon, Lake Crosbie, and Lake Hardy.

The colours of these pink lakes are whiter during the day and change from mauve to bubblegum after heavy rainfall. Tourists are allowed to camp at either Becking Lake or Crosbie Lake.

Pink Lakes In South Australia

The pink lakes of Southern Australia include Lake Bumbunga, Lake Eyre, Lake Macdonnell, Lake Albert and Lake Hutt.

6. Lake Bumbunga

Lake Bumbunga has located 130 km from the city of Adelaide and takes a 2-hour long drive. Depending on the season and time of the year, the lake changes its colour from pink to white and blue.

7. Lake Eyre

Located 650 km from Adelaide, Lake Eyre is one of the largest salt lakes in Australia and is situated 650 km from Adelaide. The most interesting fact about this lake is that the lake gets filled with floods every 3 to 10 years.

It’s a long 8-hour drive from the capital city, and the vehicle entry fee in the park costs around 11 Australian dollars.

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8. Lake Macdonnell

One of the famous pink lakes in South Australia is Lake Macdonnell. This pink lake is located close to the Nullarbor Plain. It is 15 km south of Penong, situated on the Eyre Peninsula. It is a popular Instagram spot located around 850 km from Adelaide.

The lake is famous and unique because one side of the lake is bright pink, and the other side of the lake is green in colour. At the end of the road, you will come across the Cactus beach

9. Lake Albert

The lake is named after prince Albert and is a freshwater lake. The Albert Lake is the gateway to Coorong National Park, famous for wetlands, dunes, wild beaches, and salt pans.

10. Lake Hart

A 6-hour long drive from the capital city is Lake Hart. You can visit the lake all 12 months and the best time to visit it is during the day.

What To Pack For Pink Lakes

Here is a list of items you need during your visit to Pink lakes. High-quality sunscreen, a dry towel, a backpack, and many water bottles to stay hydrated.

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Most of the Australian salt lakes are harvested for their salt. Above mentioned are some popular pink lakes in western Australia and other best pink lakes in South Australia and Victoria. Few people love swimming in the pink lakes. However, it is not advisable to stay too long in the water.

Australia is home to many wonders, flora, and fauna life, and pink lake Australia is one of them. If you plan your first trip to Australia, do not forget to visit the beautiful pink lakes.

Ankita M Bose
Ankita M Bose
Ankita has completed her Masters in English and has a great interest in traveling and exploring beautiful destinations. She loves writing travel contents and also keeps an interest in exploring beautiful Australian beaches, deserts and wildlife. She will guide you through some of the popular and exciting destinations to visit in Australia from her research.

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