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  • Writer's pictureHelen Avaient

A bubblegum pink lake?

Updated: Oct 22, 2023

Hutt Lagoon, also known as The Pink Lake, is a beautiful place to stop on the road from Geraldton to Kalbarri. At 14km (8.7miles) long and 2.3km (1.43miles) wide, this salt lake takes on different pink hues depending on the season, water levels and cloud coverage of the day.

aerial view of the bubblegum pink lake, the town nearby and the Indian Ocean

The pinkness is due to the presence of the carotenoid producing algae, Dunaliella salina. This algae is useful. It is a source of Vitamin A in cosmetics and supplements. It is also used as a food colouring agent.


There are quite a few pink lakes in Australia. The pink Lake Hillier is also Western Australia, although further north and a lot smaller.


Where is Hutt Lagoon? 515km (320miles) north of Perth, near Port Gregory. About a five and a half hour drive north of Perth. This lake is known as the bubblegum pink lake.


Can you swim in the lake? Yes, but is not advised. The algae is harmless but the water is very salty. The bottom of the lagoon has a thick layer of salt crystals. If you step on these the layer may break and the crystals could cut your feet. Wear reef shoes if you are going to tread into the Lagoon.


If you do swim here, remember it is very salty. Anything that comes in contact with the water will have salt residue and form a salty crust as it dries. Fortunately the ocean and the town of Port Gregory are nearby where you can wash off the salt.


There is a Pink Lake Viewpoint on Port Gregory Road. This is the best spot to get up close and personal with the lake. There is a path down to the edge, and plenty of long parking areas for caravans and motorhomes.


The best time of the day for photographs of the strawberry pink lagoon is at midday, when the sun is directly overhead. There are companies that can fly you over the Lagoon for the perfect views from above. My photos here were taken with a DJI Mavic drone.


I loved the contrasting colours from the beautiful whites and pinks of the salt, the long sweeping paved roads, the dark dirt, the greens of the coastal scrub, out onto the beautiful blues of the nearby ocean and the lighter clear blue skies.

aerial view showing the white salt of the lagoon, the pink water, the road, sand dunes and ocean

Hutt Lagoon has the world’s largest microalgae production plant. Look to the right in the photo below and you can see their darker pink production areas.

the different pink hues of Hutt Lagoon

Hutt Lagoon is visually stunning and definitely worth a stop on your journey.


Happy Travels!


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lucinda4091
Dec 29, 2022

I never realised there was more than one pink lake in Australia.

I've seen so many photos of this one & am hoping to visit in late 2023 to take my own pics.

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Will Reep
Will Reep
Apr 19, 2021

Hi there, my partner and I are planning to go there next week - were you there after the cyclone? Were there any issues that in getting access?

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Helen Avaient
Helen Avaient
Apr 19, 2021
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Hi. I was there before the cyclone. I would suggest ringIng the tourist information centre. They are very helpful and will be able to give you up to date information. Enjoy your trip.

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