Pink Lake (Hutt Lagoon)
The best views of Australia's Pink Lake are from the air, where the pink-hued waters are even more striking from an aerial perspective. Take off on a scenic flight from Geraldton, circle over the Pink Lake, swoop over the sea cliffs of Kalbarri, and enjoy views of the Murchison River, the Abrolhos Islands, and Wiebbe Hayes Fort.
Things to Know Before You Go
The only way to visit the Pink Lake is by private vehicle, plane, or by joining a guided tour.
Restaurants, shops, and other facilities can be found in the neighboring town of Port Gregory.
Don’t try to swim or paddle in the water—it’s not safe to swim in and the bottom is lined with thick mud.
How to Get to Milford Sound
The Pink Lake is located on the coast of Western Australia, just more than an hour’s drive north of Geraldton or around 30 minutes by plane.
When to Get There
The most dramatic time to visit is midmorning or at sundown, when the sunlight hitting the lake makes it shine even brighter and pinker.
The Natural Phenomenon of the Pink Lake
The lake gets its rosy color from its resident algae, Dunaliella salina, which is a source of beta-carotene, a natural retinol and food coloring. The bright pink pigment is so sought-after that the world's largest microalgae farm is located on the lake, forming fields of algae and patterns that can only be seen by plane. Aside from algae, brine shrimp—or “sea monkeys”—are also raised in the lake and used as food in fish farms.