The Mallee, Murray-Sunset National Park, The Murray, Victoria, Australia

Pink Lakes Trail

Begin at the Pink Lakes picnic area and discover why Victoria's second largest national park is so popular. In spring, four of the park's lakes – Becking, Crosbie, Roulton and Kenyon – turn a vivid pink. This effect is caused by the release of a red pigment called carotene by algae in the water. The brilliant colour is best viewed at dawn, in the late afternoon or under a cloudy sky.

The huge flatlands of Murray-Sunset National Park also provide refuge for some unusual plants and animals. It is home to Victoria's largest flower, the Murray lily and Australia's rarest bird, the black-eared miner. Wander through this untouched wilderness and find a diversity of habitats, including Murray River billabongs, wetlands, woodlands, semiarid sand dunes and salt pans.

Important tips

  • Always carry extra water, wear strong and comfortable shoes, keep the sun off your face with a hat, and take a warm jumper and waterproof jacket.
  • Never camp beneath a river red gum – they can drop their limbs in any weather.
  • Take care when swimming. Submerged branches and dangerous currents can be hazardous.

Location: Murray-Sunset National Park
Distance: 2.5km
Duration: 1.5 hours return
Track condition: Good
Grade: Gentle
Start: Pink Lakes picnic area
Finish: Pink Lakes picnic area
Nearby: Ouyen
Permits/bookings: None required
Best time: Late autumn–spring.

Content: Tourism Victoria

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