Swim in Lake Hillier, Australia

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Lake Hillier is a bubble-gum-pink lake right on the edge of Recherché Archipelago’s largest island in Australia. It’s literally just a few steps away from a “normal” coloured Southern Ocean, but despite the pressure from its neighbour it refuses to compromise its pink colour. Scientists cannot figure out why Lake Hillier is pink, speculating that it’s caused by a reaction of sea salt and sodium bicarbonate (which you know as baking soda), or caused by red halophilic bacteria in the salt crusts. But, it is equally likely that there is a giant underwater strawberry farm.

Farm or not, you’re probably just wondering whether or not you can swim in Lake Hillier. Well, good news: as any Aussie will attest, it’s really just a salt lake; really salty, but perfectly safe to swim in. At the same time, being Australian toughens one up to swim in just about anything, including molten lava. We were also unable to find any photographs of Aussies swimming in Lake Hillier, but that could be just because they are too tough to swim in a pink lake in the first place. Presumably their only use for this pink lake is to bottle and export it as treatment for non-Australian problems like upset stomachs, nausea, heartburn, diarrhea, and indigestion.

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14 Comments

  • Reply January 9, 2013

    BlackJackIGN

    You sir, made us Australians sound manlier than ever thought possible!

    Thank You

    • Reply January 9, 2013

      theadventourist

      hahaha, our pleasure :-D
      Now let’s wrestle!

      • Reply January 9, 2013

        BlackJackIGN

        Bro, do you even lift?

  • Reply January 9, 2013

    RheaMan

    This is stupid. no one cares about a pink lake.

    • Reply January 10, 2013

      Nikita Goldovsky

      Did it break up with you or something?

    • Reply March 11, 2013

      Laurence Mallon

      au contraire, a lot of people are intrigued by this. from the people who first discovered it, to the people that are there right now admiring it’s beauty. and everyone who has been there in between those times! what a strange comment to leave. you know, there are aa lot of people in the world that still have their mind and eyes wide open to nature’s enigmatic ways and creations. I’m sorry to see that you are not one of the many people.

    • Reply April 19, 2013

      브리안아

      lol

  • Reply February 18, 2013

    Charlie

    I tried every other site and no one has the answer to this; I’m hoping you do. Can I swim in it legally? Like will I be arrested or fined for swimming in the only pink lake in the world?

    • Reply February 19, 2013

      ngoldovsky

      Charlie-

      I believe the only island open for tourism in the Recherche Archipelago is Woody Island. Esperance Tour Group offers tours in the area, so if you visit http://www.visitesperance.com/, they should be able to give you a definitive answer.

    • Reply February 19, 2013

      TheAdvenTourist

      Charlie-

      I believe the only island open for tourism in the Recherche Archipelago is Woody Island. Esperance Tour Group offers tours in the area, so if you visit http://www.visitesperance.com/, they should be able to give you a definitive answer.

  • Reply April 19, 2013

    브리안아

    strawberry farm really lol

  • Reply April 24, 2013

    Gilstwo .

    Why in hell no access provided to such a fantastic natural beauty?

  • Reply April 29, 2013

    Jasper

    does anyone know if there are any fish or wildlife that live in lake hillier?

  • Reply June 16, 2013

    FatBoyFloaty

    do fish swim in that?

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