Monday, January 23, 2017

Lake Bumbunga, South Australia - THE PINK LAKE

I first read about the existence of pink lakes in 2014 on Gary Pepper Girl. Still, I had to gasp when I saw it for myself. Lo and behold, a body of water in my favorite color. Almost unreal, yet there it was. I'd run in and bathe in its candy-colored glory but as they say, beauty is deceiving.
There are a few pink lakes in the world and to my delight, there is a pink lake in Lochiel - only an hour or less away from Moonta (or around 2 hours from Adelaide). According to Daily Mail Australia, these lakes get their colour from algae that produce carotenoids, which when given the right amount of salinity, temperature and light, accumulate beta carotene responsible for the red pigment. So no, the water is not ideal for swimming and definitely not for drinking. But if you do swim in it (as salt collectors do), at least protect your skin with shea butter first.

When K and I got there, I thought, we should have prepared a picnic to eat in front of this gorgeous view! Approaching it though and you can smell a different aroma in the air. K thought it smelled like sulfur. Alas, nothing can live there.
It was interesting to stare at the ground and at the water. I saw whatever weeds that was left - they were dying. On the surface, there were shiny, white crystal formations. I tread a little in the shallow waters and whatever water there was dried up quickly on my slippers and turned into extremely fine powder - salt, I presume (and I'm not an expert about nature here), finer than sand.
Still, this salt lake, is incredibly beautiful. Just surreal.
Getting to Lake Bumbunga
We simply typed, "Lake Bumbunga" on Google Maps and this is how we got to a single lane dirt road which led us around Lake Bumbunga but nowhere near a foot path. A better way to get there would be to simply look for and park near Jitter Bean Oasis and then walk towards the lake and you'll see the foot path.
Unfortunately, it was past 5 PM on a weekday when we made our way to the cafe and it was just about to close. Too bad, the place looked and smelled like they had good food.

When To Go

The summer is the perfect time to go. We went past 4 PM so that it wasn't too hot. But then this caused us to miss a dining opportunity at Jitter Bean. The weather was beautiful though. The sun was bright and glared so much that I had to put sunglasses on or else I'd be squinting in all the photos. But remember that the salt lake's algae requires high temperatures to produce the pink color so the brighter the day, the pinker the lake. 
How amazing is the beauty of South Australia? Oh Lord, how wonderful are the works of Your hands.

Always,
Jeanne
 
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Check out my previous post featuring another South Australian geological wonder here: Sugar Loaf at Hallett Cove Conservation Park

89 comments:

  1. Oooh I only recently learned about this natural beauty and been itching to travel there. I've seen so many photos of this spot but never really seen its actual surroundings. It's interesting to see those crystallised weeds.

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  2. What an amazing place! Love it ♥


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  3. I've never seen a pink lake before but from your pictures, It look breath taking. You look great as well!

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  4. Beautiful pictures :)

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  5. The lake looks amazing! You're so lucky to have been there.

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  6. I've heard about these lake and it looks surreal and terrific, thank you for sharing those photos, dear :)

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  7. Beautiful photos! You look amazing in this outfit! :) xx

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  8. How amazing and your pictures!! What a great backdrop :)
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  9. amazing pics...
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  10. Awesome pictures, looks like an incredible place!

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  11. Woow, this is amazing !
    It's like a dreamy lake.
    Love your outfit too Makes me warmer.
    xx,
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  12. This beach looks gorgeous! I definitely want to to visit more parts of Australia. I've lived in Australia all my life let i haven't seen much of it.

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  13. That pink gradation is so breathtaking <3 I will take thousand photos if I get there, so beautiful :) Anyway, I love your off shoulder top :)

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  14. I'm a little obsessed with this pink lake!! Love your photos!

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  15. so so great outfit- I am so jelaous abot the place that you are :-)

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  16. Such an amazing location. I've heard about pink lakes and am can imagine how magical it actually is to be there. Beautiful photos!

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  17. That lake is beautiful! I've always wanted to go to the pink lake!

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  18. Wow! Great shot of the pink lake. :)

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  19. Such a gorgeous place and such a gorgeous outfit! Love the top especially!

    xoxo, Christina

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  20. That place looks like paradise! And your outfit is so cute :)
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  21. Loving this look!!!

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  22. Looking gorgeous darling!!! Love the entire look! Beautiful photos! Happy weekend! Much love, Len www.lenparent.com

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  23. Omigod what an incredible place! I would love to see this someday!

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  24. Such gorgeous photos. I cannot wait for spring so I can explore the gorgeous coastline here in North Carolina! Thanks so much for sharing.

    All the best
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  25. Wow! What a beautiful place and love your whole outfit! Thanks for your wonderful comment on Qing's Style. Hope to hear from you soon!

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  26. Waw thats a cute pinky-nature-place, you're so lucky to get a chance to visit it <3
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  27. Awesome pics!
    Have a nice week-end!
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  28. Awesome pics dear
    Have a nice weekend!
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  29. Amazing post!! Loved all the pictures :)

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  30. Beautifull photos!

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  31. So good of you to be able to see it, I heard about it too and was intrigued. Thanks for sharing these photos and the tips.

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  32. We used to drive past them all the time as kids, as I grew up in Adelaide and made fun of the smell. I really did not think they were all that abnormal or exciting, as we had no idea they were not common. They are pretty of course, but that smell is terrible. Haha.
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  33. You got some stunning photos! We have a pink lake here in Western Australia too. My parents would always take me there for the school holidays. You would think it would be good for your skin to swim in those lakes though, since people are always using bath salts & stuff for skincare & beauty. Thanks for sharing some beautiful photos!

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  34. That really looks beautiful. I dont think we have something similar in Germany.

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  35. Wow, this looks indeed surreal! Pink lakes... WOW! I also love your top and skirt! Hope you had the best weekend! Big Xx Susanne - http://bagatyou.com

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  36. The colors are so gorgeous!

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  37. Wow that really is amazing!! This color! <3

    x Sandra

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  38. But like, amazing. I never even knew that G-d had decided to invent a pink lake. G-d is the most amazing artist ever. like really. I've been to the dead sea in Israel, which is its own wonder, but I never realized that there were other salt bodies of water that had their won unique color. and of all colors-- Pink!

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  39. Amazing photos!

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  40. So beautiful!! Amazing shots!
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  41. definitely more than surreal!!! such a gorgeous place<3 need to visit!
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  42. South Australia is amazing! I hope I will visit on day!
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  43. Really pretty ootd, and the pink lake looks stunning !
    I bet it's even better irl

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  44. A pink lake? OMG SAY NO MORE! I'm absolutely loving how dreamy your outfit is too; pure paradise! The off the shoulder vibes, the maxi, the shades... girl, you're totally conjuring up the ultimate summer style fantasy! I'd absolutely love to visit Australia one day, and you're definitely giving me wanderlust <3

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  45. Okay, Australia really does have it all. These pictures are beautiful!
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  46. A pink lake? That's amazing! I'm adding this to my bucketlist. haha. You look so pretty! :)

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  47. Earlier, I've seen on Pinterest that there's an actual pink lake in Australia! I believe this is the one! How timely. :) This is such an incredible place! I'd love to see it in person too. Your photos are wonderful! Hope to hear from you soon!

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  48. i love this blog post !! just amazing :) I love love your style :) good job :)

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  49. Amazing pics, and you look gorgeous!
    That beach looks so pristine and warm, lol. The ocean water out here is ice-cold, even on 90-degree days! :-P
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  50. What an incredibly beautiful place, I would love to go there too one day! Gorgeous photos girl!
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  51. Oh wow that's amazing....I would love to see that. Interesting post!
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  52. Pretty beach. There's a pink one in Bahamas that I want to return to. They're so pretty! I have never worn shea butter before swimming in the ocean but that's good to know. :) Have a great week!

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  53. Wow I have heard about pink lakes before and always wanted to go to one.

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  54. Wow ! I didn't think they actually existed haha :) What a stunning place, I'd love to visit south austrailia :)

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  55. Oh wow never heard of this. Nature sure is beautiful and God is amazing. I would love to visit there. You look lovely and pretty.

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  56. How cool is this! Never heard of it before, but it looks beautiful :)

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  57. What a beautiful place..would love to go there...great shots!!

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  59. Wow is this pure paradise and I love your outfit! I so need to go to Australia now <3

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  60. Wow so serene!

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  61. Australia looks absolutely amazing! I've never heard of the pink lake before - breathtaking xx

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  62. This is a really an amazing place to visit and enjoy. I can't stop myself from visit the pink lake.
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  63. Oh the pink lake looks fantastic! I would love to visit! Great look and photos :)
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  64. these pictures are so cute....

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  65. The place is absolutely beautiful. I've heard f pink lake before but never visited, I would really love too. I also didn't know the chemistry behind it, thank you for sharing.
    Lovely pictures :)
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  66. Wonderful shots, dear! Now I wanna fly over there..... Have a great week! xoxo

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  67. wonderful :)
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  68. Love the photos dear!

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  69. in love with those summer vibes here *_*
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  70. very beautiful photos!


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  71. the place looks stunning! too bad it's a dead lake but still so beautiful

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  72. Oh my goodness, this place looks so magical! Beautiful pics, hun. :) <3 xoxo

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  73. This is such a lovely beach look! x
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  74. this place looks so beautiful !

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  75. This is amazing, so beautiful

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  76. How beautiful! I have this pink lake on my bucket list of places to visit in Australia =o)

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  77. Gosh, that lake looks coming from a fairytale!! It's wonderful and I agree with you... nature knows how to suprise us!
    Perfect place both for a shooting and a leisure day!
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  78. What an amazing place, Jeanne!! I wish I could teleport to every amazing corner of this planet, hehe. Beautiful pictures! Have a great week

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