We're tickled pink for Westgate Park lake

The West Gate Park has turned pink but never fear, it's the result of a natural phenomenon. The bright pink colour is the result of high salt content, warm temperatures, increased sunlight and low rainfall.

The news of the lake turning pink has reached across the globe with UK news sources astounded at the "fairy-floss shade of pink".

Parks Victoria conservation manager Phil Pegler from Parks Victoria told the UK's Daily Mail, "'[The] small lake that turns a deep, dark pink when algae growing in the salt crust at the bottom produces a red pigment as part of its photosynthesis process."  

Westgate Park lake turns pink

Parks Victoria have more information on Westgate Park and how to get their on their website.

Channel 9 News Melbourne produced this report on the pink lake at Westgate Park.

photo credit: DarioEspinosaPhotography

Page last updated: 04/06/19