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Magical Pink Lakes in Australia – Facts and Locations

Batul Nafisa Baxamusa Jan 24, 2020

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Australia is known for its unique animals and interesting landscapes. One such category that adds to the flavor of difference for Australia is the pink lakes.

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Yes, there are many pink lakes in Australia with pretty bright bubblegum or rose-colored hue. Let’s see some of the magical pink lakes in Australia facts and locations.

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Researchers have found high levels of salt in the water along with 10 species of salt-loving bacteria and several Dunaliella algae. These organisms are responsible for the pink or red shades of the lake.

Why Australia Has Pink Lakes?

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1. Lake Hillier

Lake Hillier is one of the most famous pink lakes in Australia. It can be reached via boat, a road trip or flight.

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It has a vibrant bubblegum pink hue all year round. This is an unforgettable scene where the pink lake outlines the neighboring dark blue waters of the Indian Ocean.
The pink color is due to the presence of Dunaliella salina, Salinibacter ruber, Dechloromonas aromatic and a few species of Archaea.
The best way to enjoy the beauty of Lake Hillier is by taking an airplane scenic flight. The water is safe to swim; however, it is not allowed so as to protect its natural form.

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2. Hutt Lagoon

Hutt Lagoon is a salt lake located at the mount of Hutt River. You can reach Hutt Lagoon in less than 6 hours by road from Perth or taking a flight.
It is known for its red to pink to purple hues depending on the time of day as well as cloud coverage.
It is not just a great photographic location but also farmed for making cosmetics, supplements, and natural food dye.

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The algae Dunaliella salina in the water produces beta-carotene that is used to farm the pink color and supplements. Lake Hutt is also farmed for brine shrimp, salt, as well as gypsum.

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3. Lake Bumbunga

Lake Bumbunga is one of the most photogenic pink lakes in Australia. It has color shades varying from pink, white, and blue depending on the salinity levels.

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It has been harvested since1868 for many years for salt. There are 3 salt pans that harvest salt for swimming pools, water softener, as well as fish and chips.
The lake is located 25 minutes from Port Wakefield and 2 hours north from Adelaide. The shallow lake Bumbunga is the perfect spot to view fluffy white cumulus clouds.

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Pretty candy-hued pink lakes in Australia attract tourists from around the world. The pink hues are a delight to view and a mesmerizing natural phenomenon. Amateur or professional, make sure you take the best camera’s to capture the beauty of Australian pink lakes.