Five Pink Lakes In South Australia To Add To Your Bucket List!

The prettiest lakes in Aus!

12 March 2018

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If you want to get out of the city and experience some of the coolest and most Instagrammable locations in South Australia, why not head out to these world famous pink lakes?!

If there's one thing that South Australia has that most other states don't, it's incredible pink lakes.

Created by high levels of salinity, salt-loving algae and pink bacteria, these lakes are spectacular to look as the stunning pink hues burst against the vibrant colours of the South Australian landscape.

There are quite a few pink lakes here in SA, so why not take a day trip out to some of them and see them for yourselves?

Lake MacDonnell, Eyre Peninsula

If you want to get out of the city and head somehwere that has plenty of surf, you can travel out to Cactus Beach and see Lake MacDonnell after you ride some waves!

To get there, you'll need to fly an hour and 30 minutes out of Adelaide and drive a further 30 minutes after that, but it's definitely worth the trip!


Lake Bumbunga, Clare Valley

Lake Bumbunga is a very unique lake because it actually changes colour! Depending on the salinity of the water, the lake can go from pink, to white and then to blue, in the blink of an eye!

This lake is situated near Clare Valley's wine region, so you can sip on some wine right after you visit the magical location and the best part, it's less than a two-hour drive from Adelaide!


Lake Eyre, Outback South Australia

The most famous pink lake in Australia, Lake Eyre attracts travellers from all four corners of the globe because of its pale pink waters that are set across a harsh red backdrop.

The best way to experience this lake is from above, whilst you're sitting comfortably in an airplane.

To get to Lake Eyre, you'll have to drive 6 hours (or fly for an hour and a half) to Roxbury downs, before boarding a scenic flight.


Lake Albert, Fleurieu Peninsula 

Sitting as the northern gateway to Coorong National Park, this stunning lake is a pretty welcoming sight!

Lake Albert is make up of millions of tiny micro-organisms that produce beta-carotene, causing its pink hue.

Just drive 1 hour and 40 minutes out of Adelaide and you'll find the pink paradise!


Lake Hart, Outback South Australia 

One of the most unique lakes you’ll ever come across, Lake Hart is more salt than water. Famous as a once prized salt deposit, the spot is now popular for travellers who want a real getaway from urban life, whether you choose to camp at a nearby site or gape at the lake from Great Southern Rail’s Ghan train from Adelaide to Darwin.

When we say Lake Hard is isolated, we mean it. You’ll have to drive 5 hours and 30 minutes out of Adelaide to visit this natural gem.


Have you visited any of these lakes? Is there any we missed? Share your pictures in our Facebook comments!  If you're planning a trip like this, get more information about the locations here.

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