Hi, I’m Tess – born and raised in Perth. Welcome to my short guide on the amazing Hutt Lagoon which is a stunning pink lake in Western Australia.
My husband Dane and I travelled a lot in the last few years but a six week working holiday trip to Broome in Australia’s Northwest in 2019 inspired a newfound passion in us to explore our own backyard of Western Australia.
With COVID-19 keeping us in Australia this year, we have enjoyed the excuse of travelling locally with Western Australia being free of community transmission. These travels have been documented on @tessomewhere.
Visiting the Pink Lake of Hutt Lagoon in September
Despite living in Perth my whole life, I had never heard about the pink lake of Hutt Lagoon until the last couple of years with its rise in popularity on Instagram. After seeing photos on the Gram, I couldn’t wait to visit it for myself and to send the drone up above those beautiful pink waters!
We visited the pink lake at the start of September. The timing was perfect because we combined the trip with a visit to see the wildflowers in the region. The lake was also quite full at this time of year after the winter rain. In summer, it’s usually more dried up and there may not be as much water.
What Makes the Hutt Lagoon Lake so Pink?
A five hour drive from Perth went quite quickly for us on the way up (not so much when it was time to come home)! We drove past endless fields of beautiful golden canola which was an incredible sight for a lot of the drive.
To break up the trip, we spent the night in Geraldton. You could also spend some time in Kalbarri which is a further 30-minutes north from the pink lake of Hutt Lagoon. When visiting the lake, I read that the best time to visit is between 10am – 2pm on a sunny day so the lake is at its most vivid pink.
If you come on a cloudy day it will still be pink though, but for the best shots try to visit on a sunny day if possible! Why is the pink lake of Hutt Lagoon so vividly pink? It’s due to the presence of a certain type of algae which is actually farmed and processed at a facility on one side of the lake.
What you Need to Know Before you Go
When visiting the pink lake of Hutt Lagoon make sure you bring: lots of water, your camera, bathers, floaties, drones, etc. And anything else you need to capture the stunning pink hues. Hot tip – I took my reef booties to protect my feet from the sharp salt crystals when wading into the lake.
I didn’t go fully in because it’s so salty (and to be honest, a bit smelly!) and we had a five hour drive back to Perth. If you decide to go in, make sure you have a towel to wipe yourself down before getting back into the car. Due to the algae, I personally wouldn’t put my head under water just to be safe.
Entry to the pink lake is free! On Google, the spot to park is labelled the “Pink Lake Lookout” on Port Gregory Road and is one of the best vantage points to access the lake. We walked around to the left to get away from the small groups of people gathering around the cark parking spot.
There are also spots to pull over on George Grey Drive which is more of a walk to the lake. We encountered some big mud patches on the walk to the water’s edge so watch out! There aren’t any facilities out here, so please make sure you respect the area and take any rubbish with you.
In terms of what to do, other than stare at the water and say “wow” (well, that’s what I did!) – most of our time was spent exploring a few different viewpoints, taking photos and flying the drone. Next time, I’ll make sure to bring my new floatie for a wee little float on the pink waters!
You can also do a flight over the lake which looks like another incredible way to get aerial views over the lake. Enjoy your visit!