Westgate Park - Pink Lake

September 02, 2016

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Earlier this year, everyone was rushing to drop by Salt Water Lake at Westgate Park. This is due to the reason given by the park below. The lake had turned pink and no one knew how long it was going to stay that way.

Months later, I checked to see whether it was still pink. Instagram pictures told me yes! So I noted to drop by. It is part of Westgate Park, quite literally a minute off the Westgate freeway.

From the Westgate Bridge, it doesn't look that pink, and I was afraid we would be disappointed.

It looks a lot pinker when you are up close, but the reflections of trees and clouds make it a bit less so. I feel when it is sunnier with blue skies, the lake's colour becomes more vibrant.

A benefit about the park is that dogs are allowed on-leash! Besides the lake, the park isn't too big. We decided to walk around to the other side of the lake, as the angled surface was a bit hard for our dog to stand up on.

The sunshine came out for us, so our photos from the other side made the lake have a deeper shade of pink.

We spotted some people conducting a photoshoot and thought we would give Amicus, the golden retriever, a few of his own snaps.

Funnily enough, the neighbours' kids had recently drawn on Amicus' paw, so it was pink - matching the lake! He enjoyed our little stroll and adventure, but as I said it's quite small and there's not much else there that is scenic.

If you are going to drop by the lake, it won't take long and is great for photos. But it's short enough to add it into a day of other activities - we came after dropping by Laverton Market, only about 20 minutes away.

If you have a dog, don't forget to bring him along, and most importantly don't forget your camera! It seems that the lake is going to remain pink for a little while longer, so don't miss out - the other handful of pink lakes are a bit further in regional Victoria or Western Australia!

Where: Westgate Park, Todd Road, Port Melbourne
Website: http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/westgate-park
Cost: Free

 

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