On our way out of Kalbarri we stopped at the very Instagrammable pink lake in Port Gregory. The lake is pink due to algae which create the pinky-red pigment beta-carotene. The lake is fed by ocean water causing it to also have a very high salt content. During the summer months there are large sections where the lake becomes salt-flats.
The lake is located about 45 minutes south of Kalbarri, and 1 hour north of Geraldton so it would be possible to do a day-trip from either of these locations, although to be honest I don’t think it is worth a special trip. The lakes are just something fun to see if you are already on your way between these towns.
To find the exact location to pull over and look at the lake, search for “Pink Lake Lookout” on Google maps, which is located on the southern side of the lake. There is nothing fancy here it is just a sandy patch on the side of the road for cars to pull over, and there are no public toilets or shops etc. To get to the lake you also have to climb down the edge of a sand dune. I was surprised that for such a popular area there is no infrastructure or even steps, but I guess that doesn’t stop people coming past to have a look. On the day we went there were at least 5 other cars so there must be a steady stream of tourists stopping by.
The lake itself is very pretty and surprisingly large! It is definitely a unique experience to see the lake in person. The lake remains pink all year round, although the exact hue will vary depending on the time of year and even the time of day that you visit. These photos are from October on a clear day at around 10 am and they don’t look as pink as some other photos I have seen.
Surprisingly, this isn’t the only pink lake in the world! To check out some other pink lakes here.