If you’ve only recently heard of Hutt Lagoon, also known as Pink Lake, you’re not the only one. The salt lake has become increasingly popular in recent years due to it’s spectacular and unique pink hues. After seeing photos of the lake online, I didn’t believe it could actually be that pink, but it absolutely is and the colour is a-mazing!
Hutt Lagoon is located near the mouth of the Hutt River in a small town known as Port Gregory. Port Gregory is located on Australia’s Coral Coast between Geraldton and Kalbarri. The town of Port Gregory was originally developed to serve a mine in the area however these days it is now a holiday destination to enjoy the outdoors.
Hutt Lagoon was given it’s name by an explorer known as George Grey who camped on the edge of the lake in 1839. He was on his second disastrous expedition along the WA Coast and mistook the lagoon for a large estuary. He named it “the river and estuary now discovered” after William Hutt who was the brother of John Hutt, the second Governor of Western Australia.
Hutt Lagoon is easily accessed by sealed road along George Grey Drive. The lagoon is approximately 14 km’s long and 2.3 km’s wide so there are plenty of places to stop off and have a look as well as an elevated viewing area which enables you to see just how large and pink the lake is.
You’re probably wondering why Pink Lake is in fact, pink. It boasts pink and lilac hues due to the presence of a carotenoid producing algae called Dunaliella salina which is commonly used as a food-colouring agent and source of vitamin A in cosmetics and supplements.
The shades of pink change throughout the day depending on the time of day, the season and cloud cover. Colours range from a shade of red, to bright pink, to a light purple. Most people suggest that the best time of day to visit is mid morning or sunset however I visited in the early afternoon and the colours were spectacular!
Tip: Although swimming is not prohibited, the water is VERY salty! If you do decide to take a dip in the lake, ensure you don’t have any open cuts as it will really sting. If you’ve ever had a float in a float tank, you’ll know the sensation.
Hutt Lagoon (Pink Lake) is such a beautiful spot and it has well and truly earned it’s increase in popularity and visitors! It is a definite must see when exploring Australia’s Coral Coast.