Hands up if you have marvelled at one of Australia’s Pink Lakes! We have been known to drool and amaze over Instagram photos over the years and then, one day, to our absolute delight, we passed one in all it’s pink glory on our way to SA.  This made us wonder? Where are the other Pink Lakes?

What makes a lake PINK??

We checked out the Lake Hillier website and got this:  “The reason of its unique colour is still a topic that is not fully understood by scientists, although most suspect it has to do with the presence of the Dunaliella salina microalgae. The Dunaliella produces carotenoids, a pigment found in carrots as well. But the presence of halophilic bacteria in the salt crusts could be another explanation. A reaction between the salt and the sodium bicarbonate that is found in the water may cause it as well”

Let’s start with Western Australia and home to two of the most FAMOUS Pink Lakes.

#1 Lake Hillier  – Western Australia – OMG! This one continues to blow our minds…have you been? Head over to WA Tourism for more info on how to get there…


#2 Hutt Lagoon – Port Gregory – Western Australia

News from the Australia’s Coral Coast –  “We just can’t get enough of Hutt Lagoon – this dreamlike lake draws visitors from near and far, and astounds onlookers with its vivid waters. Located 515km north of Perth, the lake is neighboured by the picturesque Port Gregory; a small town renowned for its fishing. If you are coming from Kalbarri, you’ll catch a glimpse of the lake after a half-hour drive. Those coming from Geraldton will have to head north for just over an hour before spotting the iconic landmark”


Now we head around to South Australia.

#3 – Lake McDonnell – 1.5 hour flight out of Adelaide and a further 30minutes drive. Or It is a 6hr Drive from Port Augusta and around 2 and ¼ from Streaky Bay.


#4 Lake Bumbunga is a 1hr 40 minute drive from Adelaide or less than a 30 minute drive from Port Wakefield. Our mates from Kids in Adelaide checked it out here…

#5 Lake Eyre SA.  The best way to experience this lake is by air. A scenic flight from Roxbury Downs.

#6  Lake Albert, Fleurieu Peninsula.  A 2 and ¼ hr drive South East of Adelaide near Meningie

#7 Lake Hart – Outback SA

You can check our South Australia’s FIVE popular Pink Lakes here!

Victoria has 4 Pink Lakes – plus one near the Westgate bridge! These ones I had no idea about – we found this super cool article about the top 10 Pink Lakes from a Londer In Sydney.

Have you been to one of the Pink Lakes?

We would love to hear from you and add some of you happy snaps to this article.

Happy Travels – CWK TEAM


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