Pinktastic Facts About Lake Hillier

Australia is a unique continent that is full of surprises. Its flora and fauna are one of a kind like nowhere else in the world. Although many say that everything in Australia wants to kill you, its spectacular scenery and picturesque never cease to amaze us. Among these is a remarkable lake that is pink in color. Here are some amazing Lake Hillier facts.

First discovered in 1802

Lake Hillier was first explored by a British navigator, Matthew Flinders in 1802. Following this, more expeditions were sent to the lake to explore it. The lake was used for salt mining in the late 19th century.

The pink color is due to bacteria

The lake is rich in salt. The pink color of the lake is due to the activity of two bacterial organisms, Dunaliella salina, and Halobacteria. The bacteria causes the salt to produce a red dye. The pink color may also be due to the presence of red halophilic bacteria or some species of algae.

You can’t really vacation there

It sounds enticing to click pictures sunbathing with a pink lake behind you, but Lake Hillier is remote and not a vacation spot. The only way you can reach here is via a cruise and then hike your way through the mountains to reach the pink lake.

Salt concentrations similar to that of the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is known worldwide for its high concentration of salts. Lake Hillier’s salt concentration is comparable to Dead Sea’s.

Is the water safe for humans?

The water is safe to dip yourself in. It’s just like any other saltwater lake of the earth. Also, the only species that live in the lake are bacteria and algae.

Surrounded by heavy deposits of salts

Lake Hillier is about 600 m long and is surrounded by a narrow strip of sand dunes and heavy salt deposits. Engulfing the lake from all sides is the dense forest of melaleuca and eucalyptus that separates it to the North of the Southern Ocean.

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