Lonely Planet (UK) - - Secret Marvels -

Look at any map and chances are that all the bod­ies of water have been coloured blue. But if you were to draw Mid­dle Is­land, part of Australia’s lit­tle-known Recherche Archipelago, you’d need a pink crayon (prefer­ably of a bub­ble-gum hue) to de­pict its most strik­ing land­mark: Lake Hillier. Sci­en­tists aren’t en­tirely sure how the lake got so pink. Af­ter all, it stands in con­trast to the deep blue waves of the South­ern Ocean just me­tres away. Un­like most coloured lakes, Hillier’s hue is nei­ther a re­flec­tion of the lakebed nor in­flu­enced by the dye of sea­sonal bac­te­ria. As such, it re­tains its unique pink colour even when placed in a bot­tle. Mid­dle Is­land is part of a wilder­ness area that’s off-lim­its to tourists, but you can still view Lake Hillier on a two-hour he­li­copter tour from Esper­ance, Western Australia.

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