PINK AUS­TRALIA’S LAKES

Aus­tralia is home to many be­guil­ing nat­u­ral at­trac­tions, but its ex­tra­or­di­nary pink lakes have got to be seen to be be­lieved.

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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.

LAKE HIL­LIER

near Esper­ance, West­ern Aus­tralia

Lake Hil­lier, on Mid­dle Is­land in West­ern Aus­tralia’s Recherche Ar­chi­pel­ago, lies about 130 kilo­me­tres from Esper­ance, or an eight-hour drive from Perth. It’s a sur­real sight; the pink lake neigh­bours the dark blue waters of the In­dian Ocean, with a strip of lush green for­est act­ing as a bar­rier. Although you can see the lake by boat, one of the best ways to take in the spec­ta­cle is from the air on a scenic flight with Gold­fields Air Ser­vices. Make a road trip of it on a colour­ful jour­ney along West­ern Aus­tralia’s di­verse coast.

HUTT LA­GOON

Coral Coast, West­ern Aus­tralia

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. Lo­cated un­der 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 li­lac pur­ple. Visit dur­ing mid-morn­ing or sun­down to catch the best of its colour­ful spec­trum. You can eas­ily ac­cess the lake by car on the Ge­orge Grey Drive, or see the mes­meris­ing mar­vel from the sky with Shine Aviation or Kal­barri Scenic Flights.

LAKE EYRE

outback South Aus­tralia

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. This desert oa­sis is best ex­pe­ri­enced from the air; book a scenic flight with Wright­sair to wit­ness this un­for­get­table nat­u­ral won­der.

LAKE BUMBUNGA

near Clare Val­ley, South Aus­tralia

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.

LAKE MACDONNELL

Eyre Penin­sula, South Aus­tralia

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. 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. Af­ter drink­ing in the beauty of Lake Macdonnell, eat up some of Aus­tralia’s fresh­est seafood as you con­tinue your jour­ney to Cof­fin Bay.

LAKE HART

Woomera, South Aus­tralia

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. See Lake Hart on­board the In­dian Pa­cific, a world-class train jour­ney be­tween Syd­ney and Perth, or the Ex­plorer’s Way road trip through the outback.

THE PINK LAKES

near Mil­dura,vic­to­ria

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. Plan to spend more than a day here; you’ll find great walk­ing tracks as well as camp­grounds near the park’s Pink Lakes. Hik­ers will love the Kline Na­ture Walk, which takes about two hours to com­plete. Al­ter­na­tively, em­bark on the Lake Beck­ing Na­ture Walk, which takes only 45 min­utes from start to fin­ish.

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