The Top 10 PINK Lakes in Australia!

Australia is home to many charming natural attractions, but our extraordinary pink lakes have got to be seen to be believed. As usual, we're saving you a whole lot of time and effort because we've scouted 'The Top 10 Pink Lakes in Oz'!

Why? How?

Firstly, it has to be a salt lake. During the hot weather, the algae in the water mixes with the salts to turn the lake pink. It’s as simple as that.

Most pink lakes don’t stay pink permanently, they change colour all the time, mostly from lilac to a bright bubblegum pink colour throughout the day and in certain times of the year. Yes, you can swim in a pink lake, but in Australia, most pink lakes are off limits as the locals are trying to protect them. If you find a pink lake you actually can swim in, make sure you don’t have any open wounds as they’ll be seeing a lot of salt once you take a dip. 

Lake Hillier, Western Australia

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  • Starting with Australia’s most famous pink lake, this 600m strawberry milkshake is Lake Hillier on Middle Island, the largest of the islands that make up the Recherche Archipelago, around 130 kilometres from Esperance. Unlike other pink lakes, Lake Hillier stays the same vibrant bubblegum pink all year round. This surreal sight is best viewed from above, popping out against its luscious blue and green surrounds, Hillier will take your breath away.

Where to Stay: Spend the night at Esperance YHA and make the drive to Lake Hillier.

 

Pink Lake and Lake Warden, Western Australia

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  • Neighbouring Lake Hillier are the infamous Pink Lake and Lake Warden. Apparently many people get completely confused with the two lakes because of the names. Unfortunately, the Pink Lake has lost some colour over the years due to many contributing factors, such as salt mining ending in 2007, railway construction and a nearby highway causing the loss of colour. Don't fear, there’s another lake worth visiting next door – just five minutes away from the Pink Lake is Lake Warden. Expect a bright pink lake to visit!

Where to Stay: Pink Lake and Lake Warden are a 10-minute drive from Esperance YHA.

 

Hutt Lagoon, Western Australia

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  • Hutt Lagoon is another spectacular pink lake located in Port Gregory on Western Australia’s Coral Coast stretching over 70 kilometres. Hutt Lagoon gets its colour from the presence of carotenoid-producing algae. Depending on the time of day, the season and the amount of cloud cover, the lake’s hue ranges from red to bubblegum pink, to a lilac purple. If you’re viewing from above, prepare to be blown away by the diversity of colour from the micro algae plants adjacent to the lake, resembling a lipstick colour palette.

Where to Stay: Hutt Lagoon is a 36-minute drive from Kalbarri YHA.

 

Quairading Pink Lake, Western Australia

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  • Quairading Pink Lake is just a two-hour drive out of Perth and what makes it unique, is the road that runs right in the middle of it. Throughout certain times of the year, the left side of the lake is a distinctive pink colour while the right side remains blue.

Where to Stay: Quairading Pink Lake is a 2hr drive from Perth City YHA.

 

Westgate Lake, Melbourne

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  • Once again, this year Westgate Lake near the Westgate Bridge made headlines as it changed colour overnight to a bright bubblegum shade of pink. Most likely due to the warmer weather, the mixture of high salt levels and high temperatures caused the salt lake to turn pink. During the winter months, it returns to its regular colour. Who would have thought you could see this pink magic right in the middle of Melbourne?

Where to Stay: Westgate Lake is a 15-minute drive from Melbourne Central YHA.

 

Pink Lakes, Victoria

  • Located in the far North West of Victoria, 50 kilometres south of Mildura, lives four pink lakes in the Murray-Sunset National Park named: Lake Crosbie, Lake Becking, Lake Kenyon and Lake Hardy. Although they aren’t as well-known as some of WA and SA’s pink lakes, Victoria still has some prime pink property, worth mentioning. The colours range from mauve to Barbie-pink after rainfall, and get whiter throughout the day. There are walking tracks between the four lakes and you can camp at either Lake Crosbie or Lake Becking. Imagine that?

Where to Stay: These Pink Lakes are a 3 ½ hr drive from Grampians Eco YHA.

 

Lake Eyre, South Australia

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  • Lake Eyre is a good 8hr drive north of Adelaide and whilst it might not be as easy to visit as the other lakes, due to only seeing water every 3-10 years. When it does flood, the lake takes on a spectacular bubblegum pink hue, the beautiful wildlife bring the lake alive and it’s truly a sight to see!

Where to Stay: Spend the night at Adelaide Central YHA and make the drive to Lake Eyre.

 

Lake Bumbunga, Clare Valley, South Australia

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  • It’s probably appropriate that this rosé-tinged South Australian lake, lies just south of the state’s famous wine region, the Clare Valley, a short 2hr drive North West of Adelaide. The lake is super shallow and you can walk pretty far without getting your clothes wet – making it perfect for photoshoots (wink, wink)!

Where to Stay: Lake Bumbunga is a 1 ½ hr drive from Adelaide Central YHA.

 

Lake Albert, Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia

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  • Lake Albert is just a short drive south east of Adelaide, named after Prince Albert. The lake sits at the gateway to the Coorong National Park boasting salt plans, sand dunes, wild beaches and wetlands which stretches over 150 kilometres.

Where to Stay: Lake Albert is a 2hr drive from Adelaide Central YHA.

 

Lake MacDonnell, South Australia

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  • One of the most famous pink lakes in Australia is Lake MacDonnell. Although it’s becoming a popular Insta-famous spot, it actually takes a good 9hr drive west of Adelaide to get there. Previously a salt mine, Lake MacDonnell is the largest gypsum mine in the southern hemisphere and can produce more than one million tonnes of gypsum a year.

Where to Stay: Lake MacDonnell is a 5hr drive from Port Lincoln YHA.

So, why not make the trip to see Australia’s strawberry milkshake, lipstick palette, bubblegum, rosé-tinged waters?!

 
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