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 WA's Pink Lake Gains International Acclaim
 Posted: Jul 12 2017, 09:04 AM

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Spectacular pink lake gets ‘surreal’ kudos

Rourke Walsh
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 12:36AM

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Lake Hillier’s stunning pink colour.

It is a tiny lake on an island off a remote part of the State.

But despite its location, the spectacular pink waters of Lake Hillier are rapidly gaining international acclaim.

It has topped an online list compiled by popular travel guide Fodor’s of the planet’s 25 most surreal landscapes.

It beat other breathtaking sights including Darvaza Crater in Turkmenistan — known as the Door to Hell — and China’s Zhangjiajie Forest, where the movie Avatar was filmed.

“Who needs Photoshop when our planet is full of vibrant colours and bizarre landscapes,” Fodor’s introduction to the list says.

Located about 100km east of Esperance on a small island 30km off the coast, Lake Hillier is just 600m long by 250m wide but has become famous for its year-round vibrant pink colour.

Chinese tourists in particular have been captivated by it, travelling hundreds of kilometres to the remote edge of the State just to snap a social media picture.

“Best seen from above, Lake Hillier on Middle Island in Western Australia appears in a bubblegum pink hue,” Fodor’s Travel says.

“In 2016, researchers finally solved the mystery surrounding the lake’s colour, attributing it to different microbes which create pigment compounds called carotenoids to absorb sunlight.

“These compounds are thought to cause the algae to turn pink.

“Unlike other pink lakes worldwide, the water doesn’t change colour when filled into a container.”

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Red Bull airborne adventurer Chuck Berry soars over the lake.Picture: ©Tungsten/Red Bull Content Pool

Shire of Esperance community and economic development manager Trevor Ayers said interest in the lake had increased in recent years but access was still limited.

“It is not something you can drive to or even see from the mainland,” Mr Ayers said.

“Before it was picked up in this article, Red Bull had one of their guys in a wingsuit fly across it and that got heavily promoted, particularly in China.”

Mr Ayers said a charter flight was the best and easiest way to see the lake and that pictures often did not capture the true spectrum of colours the lake produced.

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Lake Hillier contrasted with the ocean.

Quite spectacular!

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 Posted: Jul 12 2017, 11:25 AM

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When the Chinese see the lake, an hour later they want to see it again

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 Posted: Jul 12 2017, 12:43 PM


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We also used to have a pink lake on the outskirts of town, but salt mining and a big rainfall in the late 80s or early 90s caused the microbes and/or tiny shrimp which caused the pink colour, to die. We even have a suburb called Pink Lake in honour of the once pink lake. On cloudy days we could sometimes see a reflection of the pink in the clouds over the lake.
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