Western Australia’s amazing Pink Lake – Lake Hillier

Lake Hillier

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Address: Middle Island, Recherche Archipelago Nature Reserve, via, Cape Arid, Western Australia, 6452

Australia is home to one of the most beautiful Pink Lakes in the world. The Hillier Lake is located at Middle island in the Goldfields- Esperance region in Western Australia. It lies around 65km south of Kalbarri and 3km west of Esperance.

The lake takes on a soft pink hue owing to the salt-tolerant dunalella salina algae. The lake is not always pink, but it turns pink when the atmospheric conditions are right. Even if the water is taken in a glass, the water still maintains the pink colour.

The lake was first discovered in 1802 by navigator Matthew Flinders. Flinders noted in his journal “a small lake of a rose colour,” about the Lake Hillier. One can imagine how excited he would have been. When Flinders visited the lake there were large quantities of good quality salt crystallised near the shores. Flinders visited the lake again in 1803. This occasion he named the Lake after one of his crewmembers who died of dysentery few days before he landed there.

Lake Hillier is about 600metres long and 250metres wide. The lake looks better if viewed from the sky. It makes a wonderful contrast with the blue colour of the Ocean nearby. Salt was commercially mined from here for a short period in late 19th century.

The lake is now part of the protected area known as the Recherche Archipelago Nature Reserve.

Lake Hellier is not the only Pink lake in the world. Lake Retba, in the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal, Canada’s Dusty Rose Lake, The Salinas de Torrevieja in Spain, Masazirgol or Masazir lake in Qaradag raion, near Baku in Azerbaijan are some of the other pink lakes from around the world.

There is one more famous Pink lake in Western Australia. The Pink lake which lie 11 km east of Quairading on the Bruce Rock Road. It is regarded as a phenomenon, as certain times in the year one side has a distinctive pink colour whilst the other side remains in natural blue.

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