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The Pink Lake: Westgate Park

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Published February 24th 2016
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Every once in awhile an anomaly of nature comes along that leaves us Bedazzled, and we have our very own anomaly here in Melbourne, in the form of a pink lake. The lake is part of Westgate Park, which is located near the Westgate bridge.

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This phenomenon occurs due to a naturally high salt concentration, this only happens in saltwater lakes, and it has been seen in a few other countries. The pigmentation transpires during hot weather, when there is little or no rainfall, and plenty of sun.



A statement on the Parks Victoria website said the ''natural interaction of a harmless, single-cell alga and halobacterium'' was responsible for the change in colour. ''There is no indication the bacterium is dangerous, but we advise people not to come into contact with the water,'' it said.



The lake has become somewhat of hotspot for photographers, and also instagrammers trying to spruce up their pages with a touch of pink.

The lake is located near the roundabout of Todd Road and Cook Street, and opposite the Go Kart Club of Victoria


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Why? A pink lake
When: Anytime
Where: Todd Rd, Port Melbourne VIC 3207
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Wow, that's fascinating; I've never seen anything like it.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12398) 1241 days ago
went to see the Pink Lake at Westgate Park.......NO PINK LAKE.....until next summer says a Parks Vic post at the location.....quite a disappointment though some nice bush tracks surrounding for walking or cycling, right underneath the westgate bridge
by dom19 (score: 1|18) 1239 days ago
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