Port Gregory lies near the mouth of the Hutt River and is home of the Pink Lake called Hutt Lagoon. This picturesque fishing village is encircled by five kilometres of exposed coral reef. Originally developed to serve the Geraldine Leadmine, the town is now a holiday hotspot for fishing, diving and offers a range of accommodation options.
Why is it Pink?
Hutt Lagoon boasts a pink hue created by presence of carotenoid-producing algae Dunaliella salina, a source of ß-carotene, a food-colouring agent and source of vitamin A. Australians will know of Hutt Lagoon from various fashion shoots including Lancôme’s Life is Beautiful campaign and Myer’s Jennifer Hawkins Summer collection.
When should I visit?
Depending on the time of day, the season (time of year) and the amount of cloud cover, the lake changes through the spectrum of red to bubble-gum pink to a lilac purple. The best time of day to visit is mid-morning or sundown.
How do I access the Lake?
Hutt Lagoon can be easily accessed by road along the George Grey Drive, between Geraldton and Kalbarri. Be sure to give yourself time to safely pull over and park to explore. Have your camera ready and fully charged as there are plenty of photo opportunities! It’s also a spectacular sight as part of a Scenic Flight or take to the dunes on Buggy Tour.
The lagoon is about 70 square kilometres with most of it lying a few metres below sea level. It is separated from the Indian Ocean by a beach barrier ridge and barrier dune system. Similar to Lake MacLeod, 40 kilometres to the north of Carnarvon, Hutt Lagoon is fed by marine waters through springs.