Located 45 minutes south of Kalbarri, or just over 1 hour north of Geraldton, Port Gregory is a scenic fishing village encircled by 5km of exposed coral reef. It's located near to the mouth of the Hutt River, and was originally developed to serve the Geraldine Mine at the Murchison River (the first site for mining in Western Australia).
Today, Port Gregory is a holiday destination for fishing and diving and is home of the Pink Lake (Hutt Lagoon).
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?
The lake's colour changes through the spectrum of red to bubblegum pink to lilac purple, depending on the time of day, season (time of year) and amount of cloud cover when you visit. The best time of day to visit is typically in the middle of the day, when the sun is high.
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 off the road. 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.
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.
Tucked away at the foot of rolling hills in Port Gregory is the Lynton Convict Hiring Station's stone buildings, which once housed convicts who worked on the Geraldine mine and local pastoral stations. The convict facilities were built in 1853, and some of the buildings have been carefully restored. Stop by to stretch your legs and learn about the history of the station through informative signage. Cross over the fence at the stile and follow the path to the top of the hill for panoramic views.