#ParksforPeople – Port Gregory and Hutt Lagoon (Pink Lake)

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Port Gregory lies near the mouth of the Hutt River on Western Australia’s Coral Coast in the Shire of Northampton. 60 km South of Kalbarri and just under 50 km West of Northampton, this picturesque fishing village is encircled by 5 km of exposed coral reef. The town was originally developed to serve the Geraldine lead mine, the first lead mine in Western Australia. The town is now a holiday hotspot where you can experience great fishing, swimming, diving and windsurfing in the clean and protected natural harbour – and its relative isolation is perfect for those who like to get away from the crowds.

Another big attraction to the region is Hutt Lagoon – the Pink Lake. There are many pink lakes around Western Australia but this has to be one of the most impressive. The lagoon covers around 70 square kilometres and is fed by marine water. The pink colour is caused by the presence of a carotenoid-producing algae, Dunaliella salina. In fact, the lake is mined for its food colouring properties (as well as for salt).

The exact colour of the lake changes through every shade of red to pink to lilac, depending on the time of day, time of year and amount of cloud cover. Generally the best time to visit is mid-morning or sunset, and on a sunny day.  Hutt Lagoon can be easily accessed by road along the George Grey Drive, between Geraldton and Kalbarri. It’s also a spectacular sight as part of a scenic flight.

Information sourced from website Australia’s Coral Coast and Shire of Northampton.

 

 

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