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Pink Lake In The Fringe of CBD

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by Travellerstrail (subscribe)
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Published January 23rd 2015
Summer Natural Phenomenon
You don't have to travel 4-5 hours to Murray-Sunset National Park or Dimboola to witness this phenomenon anymore. You can now experience it first hand in Westgate Park Salt Lake, 15 mins from Melbourne CBD.

The pink colour occurs due to the natural interaction of a harmless, single cell green alga, Dunaliella salina with another harmless halobacterium, Halobacteria cutirubrum during summer in response to the high salt level concentration, temperatures and light.

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Pink Lake Westgate Park, next to the carpark


The colour of the lake is more pronounced during heatwave when the temperature hit a high 40 degree with no rain.

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Pink Lake Westgate Park


The lakes will return to their normal colour in autumn so do visit if you have a chance.

Next to the salt lake is the fresh water lake with loads of birds inhabitants.

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Fresh Water Lake in Westgate Park, Port Melbourne


Apart from the lakes, Westgate Park also offers a range of activities such as cycling trail, birdwatching, bbq and picnic areas along the Yarra river and Port Melbourne foreshore.
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Why? Cause it's a natural phenomenon
When: Summer
Where: Westgate Park, Todd Road, Port Melbourne, Victoria
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Thanks for article we are going to go a have a look and bike ride. Map was helpful too.
by hi.Lo (score: 0|2) 1667 days ago
We visited this lake last weekend - truly spectacular
by jenni (score: 1|28) 1661 days ago
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