Hutt Lagoon (The Pink Lake) is a marine salt lake, situated just metres from the scenic fishing village of Port Gregory, on Western Australia’s beautiful Coral Coast. Port Gregory is just over an hour’s drive north of Geraldton or 40 minutes south of Kalbarri and is surrounded by five kilometres of exposed coral reef.
The lagoon contains the world's largest microalgae production plant. The 250-hectare series of artificial ponds are used to farm Dunaliella salina, the algae that give the lake its bubble gum pink colouring. The carotenoid-producing algae are a source of beta-carotene, a food colouring agent also used in cosmetics.
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Western Australia’s Coral Coast boasts one of the most colourful landscapes anywhere in Australia. From rich red cliffs to pristine white beaches lapped by clear turquoise waters. Hutt Lagoon is certainly one of its most mesmerising wonders.
Hutt Lagoon is an elongated lake, approximately 14 kilometres long and 2.3 kilometres wide and covers roughly 70 square kilometres, with most of the lagoon lying a few metres below sea level. It’s fed by marine waters through springs and is separated from the Indian Ocean by a beach barrier ridge and barrier dune system. Along with Dunaliella salina algae, the lagoon is teeming with brine shrimp, a specialty feed used by fish and prawn farmers and the aquarium fish market.
You can gain magnificent views of Hutt Lagoon from its shores as it lies in stark contrast to the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. Make sure you have your camera ready to capture some truly memorable images.
The village of Port Gregory is a picturesque spot near the mouth of the Hutt River. It’s a popular place for holidaymakers who enjoy excellent fishing, snorkelling, diving, and kayaking conditions.
A family-friendly town, Port Gregory welcomes visitors to picnic near its pink sand at the mouth of the Hutt River while spotting the local pelicans. There are safe swimming beaches, water-skiing areas, and plenty of places to launch a boat or drop a line. Visit Port Gregory in Spring and you’ll witness the countryside come to life with colourful wildflowers.
Port Gregory was originally developed to serve the Geraldine Mine at the Murchison River and was the first mining site in Western Australia. Nearby, the carefully restored stone buildings and remains of Lynton Convict Hiring Depot serve as a grim reminder of the convicts who worked on the Geraldine mine and local pastoral stations.
Hutt Lagoon is situated at Port Gregory, on Western Australia’s Coral Coast, two kilometres north of the mouth of the Hutt River near the Indian Ocean.
Port Gregory is just over an hour’s drive north of Geraldton or 40 minutes south of Kalbarri.
Hutt Lagoon is the closest pink lake to Perth, around five-and-a-half hours north via the Indian Ocean Drive.
Hutt Lagoon gets its iconic pink colour due to the presence of the carotenoid-producing algae, Dunaliella salina. The algae are a source of beta-carotene, a food colouring agent, and a source of Vitamin A.
Depending on the time of day you visit, Hutt Lagoon changes colour from red to bubble-gum pink to lilac. The seasons can affect the colour, as can the weather. The best time to visit to see the gorgeous pink hues is typically from late morning to the middle of the day when the sun is high.
The colours are brightest when there is minimal or no cloud cover, but even on a cloudy day you can see those magical pink shades of the water. You can also head out before sunset and view the lake in all its glory.
You can swim in the public areas of Hutt Lagoon. Just bear in mind that the water is extremely salty and may cause a stinging sensation to any open cuts or abrasions.
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