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Pink Lake

Salt on Branch in Pink Lake

A few kilometers west of town, next to the Western Highway, you can find Pink Lake. This lake is easily viewed from the rest-stop beside the highway and you can walk down the path to the edge of the lake.

As you walk along the path to the lake, you will see yellow gums, buloke trees and paperbarks, giving way to the smaller and very distinctive salt tolerant plants that grow in this unique environment. The pink colour of the water comes from a pigment secreted by microscopic algae. The intensity of the pink varies with the amount of water in the lake. When the lake is drier more light is reflected from the white crystallized salt reducing the impact of the pink.

The salt was commercially harvested from the lake for many years and some of the relics from that time can still be seen near the edge of the lake.

The story about harvesting and selling of Pink Lake Salt that was broadcast on Lateline in July 2009 generated a great deal of interest in the commercial availablilty of the salt from Pink Lake. You can read the transcript through the link below. As soon as details about how to purchase this salt are known, the information will be posted here.

Links

Harvesting Pink Lake Salt
Mount Zero Olives sells Pink Lake Salt