Lake Hillier – Australia’s Pink Lake

Australia is home of unusual ‘pink lakes’. Lake Hillier is one of them. Located on Middle Island, this body of water is famous for it’s remarkable feature – its bubble gum pink color.

600 meters long, surrounded by a rim of sand and thick woods of eucalyptus trees, this pink lake surprises even scientists. No one really knows for sure why the lake is pink. Researchers can only speculate that a dye created by bacteria that lives in the salt crusts is responsible for the beautiful color.

Image credit:AndreaMaizzi/Flickr

Image credit:AndreaMaizzi/Flickr

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The lake was discovered by English explorer Matthew Flinders in 1802. Imagine his amazement when he climbed Middle Island’s highest peak and saw the lake for the first time.

Image Credit: Panoramio

Image Credit: Panoramio

Today tourists can explore the islands and wildlife of the Recherche Archipelago on a cruise from Esperance.

Image Credit:Flickr/Thomas Mader

Image Credit:Flickr/Thomas Mader

Esperance is located approximately 720 kilometres south-east of Perth on Western Australia’s southern coastline.

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