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Hutt Lagoon - The pink lake in Australia

The dream of the perfect lagoon often ends in the classic image of the South Sea. White beaches and turquoise waves. Palm trees and pearls. The blue lagoon, just like in the movie. But not all lagoons are blue. They're not even turquoise. Hutt Lagoon north of Perth is actually pink.

The pink Hutt Lagoon

Pink lakes are not commonplace, but they are actually found all over the world. Among other things in Bolivia, Russia, Spain, Tanzania and even then in Australia. There are actually more than ten pink lakes in Australia alone. The lakes are often far from the nearest town and far from each other, but there is one thing in common between all these lakes. They are very salta. But it is not the salt that makes the lakes pink.

The pink Hutt Lagoon

Hutt Lagoon gets its color from a tiny beta-carotene-producing algae – Dunaliella Salina. The algae thrives in the salty waters of the Hutt Lagoon under the hot sun, an environment that not many other life forms can survive in. The algae contains large amounts of antioxidants, starch and protein, which has made it a popular ingredient in both the food industry (as a colorant and as a dietary supplement ) and in cosmetics. This has led to the world's largest algae factory now being located in the Hutt Lagoon. In large rectangular basins, the algae is grown and forms a grid of different shades of pink from above. Algae blooms produce stronger colors.

Hutt Lagoon changes color according to daylight, temperature, season, angle and cloud cover. Sometimes the lake is bubblegum pink. Sometimes it is reddish brown. That afternoon when we were at the lake, the lagoon turned purple pink. You can best see the color if you stand a bit above the lake and therefore there are several vantage points along Port Gregory Rd where you can get a better view.

Hutt-Lagoon-Australia - pink lake

The lake smells a bit strange and looks very artificial, even though everything is 100% natural. Maybe that's why I'm not particularly surprised when I suddenly see two flamingos in the lake. In Australia there are many colorful birds, but definitely no flamingos. But there are plenty of fun-loving Australians… 🙂

Pink Lake in Australia

How do I get to Hutt Lagoon?

Hutt Lagoon is located 510 km north of Perth in Western Australia, at the small village of Port Gregory. You pass here on your way north to Kalbarri, but if you want to stay longer here, there is not much service nearby. You get the best views of the lake from Port Gregory Road, here there are also plenty of places to park the car.

There is no sign pointing to "Pink Lake", but if you are heading towards Port Gregory, you cannot miss it.

A tip: Bring polarized sunglasses or a polarizing filter for the camera, so you can see the color much better.

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The big question: Can you swim in the Hutt Lagoon?

I didn't see any NO swimming signs, but given the lake's salinity, smell and bacteria content, it wasn't a lake I felt like dipping my feet in. The only people dipping their feet in the lake were the artificial flamingos…

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Even the grass at the edge of the lake is a little pink
The pink Hutt Lagoon in Australia
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Travel blogger, gastronaut, photographer and family adventurer with over 55 countries in his luggage. Eva loves trips that include beautiful nature, hiking boots and well-cooked food. On the travel blog Rucksack she takes you to all corners of the world with the help of her inspiring pictures and texts.

9 Comments

  • Ladies Abroad
    2 December, 2019 at 17: 44

    Sooooo awesome. ? I've had "pink lake in Australia" on my bucket list for a long time but didn't know there were so many.

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    • Eva Gyllenberg
      2 December, 2019 at 21: 24

      Same here! I've had "pink lake" on the bucket list for so long, but it wasn't until now that I actually had "the roads past" 🙂

  • Sandra Lifsresor.se
    2 December, 2019 at 23: 25

    You must not forget the pink lake in Senegal – Lac Rose or Lac Retba as it is actually called. ?
    https://lifsresor.se/2019/10/14/en-dag-vid-lac-retba-den-rosa-sjon-utanfor-dakar/

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    • Eva Gyllenberg
      4 December, 2019 at 12: 02

      Good tips! I had forgotten that, even though I read your post! 🙂

  • Maria's memoirs
    3 December, 2019 at 8: 19

    I've been there too, but unfortunately it didn't look too rosy at the time. Would really not want to swim in such salty and bacteria-filled water, that would be asking for trouble?

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    • Eva Gyllenberg
      4 December, 2019 at 12: 03

      Had it been "cold" the days before you were at the lake? It seems all the algae like to bloom when it's sunny and warm 🙂

  • FREEDOMtravel
    3 December, 2019 at 18: 30

    Wow amazing! If it was a little closer, I would have gone there straight away 😉

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    • Eva Gyllenberg
      5 December, 2019 at 7: 23

      It's definitely not next door 🙂 Wondering if the closest pink lake is the one in Spain? I guess I'll have to google a little more!

  • Lindha - Resamedfamiljen.se
    4 December, 2019 at 12: 49

    So delicious! And what beautiful pictures, as always. I thought at first, hm, are there flamingos there(?) Good that I got an answer to the question 🙂

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