We just can’t get enough of Hutt Lagoon – this dreamlike lake draws visitors from near and far, and astounds onlookers with its vivid waters. Located 515km north of Perth, the lake is neighboured by the picturesque Port Gregory; a small town renowned for its fishing. If you are coming from Kalbarri, you'll catch a glimpse of the lake after a half-hour drive. Those coming from Geraldton will have to head north for just over an hour before spotting the iconic landmark.
So, why is the lake pink?
Hutt Lagoon's iconic colouring comes from the presence of the caroteinoid-producing algae, dunaliella salina - which is a source of beta-carotene; a food-colouring agent and a great source of Vitamin A. Dunaliella salina is commonly used in cosmetics and dietary supplements - it's said to be fantastic for skin health. Hutt Lagoon contains the world's largest microalgae production plant and a commercial supply of brine shrimp, which is used as a specialty feed by prawn and fish farmers.
As is the case with any natural attraction, the surrounding environment varies and the lake can be affected in a number of ways. Here's how to make the most of your visit to the Pink Lake!
The best land-based view of the Pink Lake can be found on the road to Port Gregory, Port Gregory Road. There is an area for you to park, and you can then walk down to the edge of the water. The lake can also be viewed from George Grey Drive, however, there is less of an opportunity to park and admire the lake from this side.
2. Time of Day
The lake is at its most vivid when the sky is clear and the sun is overhead. It's recommended that you visit between 10am and 2pm, when the sun is high - this will bring out the most impressive shades. Cloudless days also give the most impressive results, as heavy cloud cover blocks sunlight and can sometimes make the lake look paler.
3. Time of Year
It's hard to predict what the lake will look like at certain times of year, as it is a natural phenomenon controlled by the elements. Summer provides more intense sunlight, and less cloud coverage, but could also lead to less water in the lake. On the other hand, winter would see a fuller lake, but more cloud coverage.
The colour of the lake is also dictated by how much algae is blooming at the time. It is known that the algae reproduces more radiply when the water is more saline. It's also known that light and temperature largely affect the growth of the algae, but light intensity is what affects how much colour the algae retains. So as you can see - it's hard to pick when the best time of year is to visit, as there is a lot of science that goes into this strawberry milk lake! However, all things considered, Hutt Lagoon is mesmerising year-round.
This image illustrates how, as long as you have a clear day, you're likely to have an awesome lake experience:
4. Different Views
Whilst Hutt Lagoon is stunning from the ground, it's otherworldly when seen from above. There is a range of amazing scenic flight options which allow you to take in the enormity of the lake, as well as view the contrasting colours of the bubblegum pink lake alongside the green surrounding shrubbery and the turquoise ocean waters. Scenic flights are offered by Geraldton Air Charter, Shine Aviation and Kalbarri Scenic Flights.
If flying isn't your style, jump on a buggy for a guided tour of the lake and surrounds. This buggy tour will take you up sand dunes, meaning you can see the lake from an elevated view point.
It truly isn't hard to see why people love Hutt Lagoon so much. You're sure to double take when you see the lake for the first time - it is absolutely unreal! But we guess it's just another reason to visit Australia's Coral Coast!