Just in case you need another reason to visit Australia, it’s home to one of the most beautiful and unusual natural wonders in the world: pink lakes.
Though there are many, the most popular pink lakes found in Australia are Lake Hillier and Lake Bumbunga.
At just about 2,000-feet long, Lake Hillier can be found on Australia’s Middle Island and is surrounded by white sand beaches and Eucalyptus trees. From above, the contrast between the Pacific Ocean’s turquoise water and the lake’s vibrant pink hue is stunning.
Lake Bumbunga is located in Adelaide, near the towns of Lochiel and Bumbunga. It’s not only known for its pink color but also for its mirror effect — the reflection of the sky on the surface of the water. The lake’s easily accessible shores make it the perfect spot for a photo opp.
Though the exact reason for the rosy hue of these lakes isn’t entirely understood by scientists, it’s thought to be caused by a chemical reaction between the salt, sodium bicarbonate, algae and microorganisms living in the water.
Whatever the reason for their vibrant shade of pink, one thing is for sure: You’ve got to witness this natural oddity for yourself.