Gulaabjal

Literally!

With its bubble-gum-pink waters, I mistook Lake Hillier for Barbie’s own private swimming pool! πŸ˜€

Doesn't it look like Barbie in her trademark color with her golden tresses flowing behind her looking pensively at the sea? :wink:

Doesn’t it look like Barbie in her trademark color with her golden tresses flowing behind her looking pensively at the sea? πŸ˜‰

Situated on Middle Island in Western Australia, the lake is quite a vision to behold. A riot of colors really! A nice sandy perimeter closely followed by a lush forest cover serenade this natural wonder on all sides. The sapphire-blue of the Southern Ocean not so far away is testament enough that nature loves changing her colors! πŸ˜‰

Check it out:

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The water, incredibly salty to taste, reportedly retains its hue for days on end when collected in a container! The pink’s probably the result of a chemical reaction between sea salt deposits and sodium bicarbonate or what is commonly known as baking soda. Others have suggested that it is probably a dye created by the organisms Dunaliella Salina and Halobacteria. Yet another hypothesis attributes the phenomenon to red halophilic bacteria in the salt crusts.

There go my grand plans to go DOWN UNDER and unearth a giant underwater field of strawberries! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜†

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QUICK FACTS:

What: Australia’s naturally Pink Lake. Rectangular in shape, the dimensions of Lake Hillier are 600 metres x 250 metres.

Where: On Middle Island, the largest of the islands on the Recherche Archipelago in Western Australia.

For Whom: The Bransons and the Mallyas of this world! πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† You need to hop aboard your own private bird to marvel at this one! Alternatively, you could hum Aerosmith’s chartbuster ‘Pink’ and see where that might land you! πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

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