If you are visiting Lake Hillier, at first glance you may think you have stumbled across a dumping site for a bubble gum factory. At second glance, you may think it is Barbie’s swimming pool. In reality, you will have found one of nature’s most amazing places: the Australian lake of pink waters.
Discovered by Europeans in 1802, Lake Hillier is located on Middle Island off the south coast of Western Australia. Because of its remoteness, most visitors arrive by helicopter. Despite the difficulty of travel, the sight is definitely worth the journey.
The only living organisms in Lake Hillier are microorganisms including Dunaliella salina, which causes the salt content in the lake to create a red dye which helps produce the color, as well as red halophilic bacteria present in the salt crusts. Although these organisms produce spectacular effects, they do not result in any health hazards to humans who wish to swim in the lake.