Pink Lake Hillier Takes “Pretty In Pink” To The Next Level
PINK IS THE NEW BLACK
HEAD TO WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S LAKE HILLIER & TAKE A SWIM – YOU’LL BE TICKLED PINK
When you come across things that are pink and shouldn’t be, they’re bound to be turning a few heads. It’s hard not to gawk at the elephant in the room, particularly if it’s glowing the same potent shade of fluorescent pink as a puddle of Pepto-Bismol.
In the pages of your old atlas, Lake Hillier would probably have bored the socks off you; Unless cartography is your thing of course. Not obscene in shape or unusual in size, on paper it’s a run-of-the-mill blue speckle on an equally commonplace island, way out west off the south coast of Western Australia. That’s probably why you won’t believe your eyes when you see digital aerial imagery of the area and get an eye full of the lake’s bilious bubble gum pink waters. That’s right, Lake Hillier is a pink lake.
THE PINK LAKE
Not a bad view. To see it for yourself you’ll need to first head 720 kilometres southeast of Perth, to Esperance, where the golden outback meets the Southern Ocean; in layman’s terms you’re looking at an eight hour road trip or a two hour flight. 70 nautical miles from Esperance lap the bubblegum pink waters of one of Australia’s best kept secrets.
Considering the spectacle, the very pink Lake Hillier is a geographical oddity that remains relatively uncharted territory in terms of tourism. Perhaps owed to its location, well off the coast at the edge of Recherché Archipelago’s largest island, the only real way to see the whole spectacular scene is to charter a private flight or boat from one of the local operators. Esperance Helitours offer a two-hour helicopter tour that takes in the breathtaking phenomena setting you back about $2,000.
Okay so, yes, you’ll need a spare penny or two to fly in this neck of the woods. Don’t worry though because word on the street is that boat tours of the pristine area are on the horizon with Esperance Island Cruises making plans to provide the much needed service.
If you ever make it to Middle Island, pack a swimsuit and go for a dip. While scientists are still speculating over the specifics of its year round colouration, the pink water isn’t toxic, and thanks to its extreme salinity, you’ll bob like a cork. A cork in a bottle of pink wine. Who doesn’t like Rosé.