Australia's pink lakes
Australia is home to many beguiling natural attractions, but its extraordinary pink lakes have got to be seen to be believed.
Australia’s vast country boasts more than a few unbelievable natural wonders, but few are more beautiful – or baffling – than Australia’s pink lakes. From the outback of South Australia to the coast of Western Australia, here are the country’s must-see pink lakes.
From its red cliffs to bright blue waters, Western Australia’s Coral Coast is known for having some of the most vividly-hued nature found anywhere in the country. Less than a six-hour drive north of Perth, Hutt Lagoon is one of the region’s most vibrant attractions. Depending on the season, time of day and cloud coverage, this lake changes from red to pink and even to purple.
The pale pinks, oranges and yellows of Lake Eyre epitomise the vast landscapes of outback South Australia. Located a six-hour drive or 1.5-hour flight from Adelaide, the lake is usually a salt pan, its blinding white salt plains glistening in the Australian sun. It’s a stunning sight, but becomes a different kind of beautiful every few years as the lake floods with water. The flooding brings flourishing greenery, flocks of birds and a lake turned dreamy shades of pink and orange.
Less than a two-hour drive from Adelaide, Lake Bumbunga is not only one of Australia’s most accessible pink lakes but also one of its most photogenic. Its magenta shores draw amateur and professional photographers alike, moving between hues of pink, white and blue depending on the salinity of the water.
Contrasting colours of pink, blue and green create the striking scene that is Lake MacDonnell. Located in South Australia’s breathtaking Eyre Peninsula, Lake MacDonnell is one of the country’s most intensely pink lakes, owing to its high salt concentration.
How to experience it: Take the ultra-Instagrammable road between the bubblegum-hued Lake MacDonnell and its neighbouring blue-green waters to discover Cactus Beach at the end of the path.
Lake Hart, set in the seemingly endless outback of South Australia, is as beautiful by night as it is by day. This shallow pink lake has a high salt concentration that creates salt crystals under the pastel water. Its isolation in the outback makes way for incredible star-gazing, but the lake is equally impressive as the salt sparkles in the sun.
The Pink Lakes
The Murray-Sunset National Park brings starry nights and rugged landscapes, but its most intriguing drawcard is the Pink Lakes. Located in the vast and wild landscape of north-west Victoria, about a five-hour drive from Melbourne, these lakes change from brilliant pink to glistening white, and tend to be at their most vibrant on cloudy days.
How to experience it: Plan to spend more than a day here; you’ll find great walking tracks as well as campgrounds nearby.