The SALT LAKE is less than 1 km from the sea, and quite deep possibly below sea level. The lake is pink due to what is believed to be the natural interaction of:
-a harmless, single cell green alga.
-a harmless Halobacteria.
In responce to very high salt levels, temperature and light, the colour intensifies as the water evaporates in summer heat and salt content increases.
Pink lakes are rare. There are several in the Murray-Sunset National Parkin Victoria, some in Western Australia and a handful in other countries.
Catch Bus 235 or 606 to get to the Entrance.
Cross Rail were left
Walk off main road past pond to end of path. The pond is usually filled with water and birds. Seat provided.
Go left at end of path onto road down to walk bridge over the freshwater lake. At the end of the bridge continue left to the windmill.
The windmill is used to shift water from the freshwater lake storage to ponds and billabongs around the park
At the windmill make a righthand turn up the hill to the highest point of the park to enjoy city lake and bridge views. There is a seat provided. Retrace your steps to the windmill.
Great spot to view birds and sculptures. There is also a picnic table on the right.
Continue along the road across the intersection to the track on your right to the pink lake edge
The rare pink lake. The lake is best viewed in the warmer months at the alga is heat sensitive. Continue left around the lake enjoying the views and photo opportunity.
Enjoy the revegetation of Westgate Park. The Friends Group plant approximately 20 000 plants and 300 species in the park annually. Continue around the salt lake edge to the grass area.
Great views across the grassed area to the Saltwater lake and Westgate Bridge.
Why is the lake pink?
Time to relax. Shelter, toilets and seats. Continue right on the lower path past the freshwater lake. Take the side trip to theft viewing platform. A seat to view the often nesting swan provided.
After enjoying the pink lake and Westgate views continue left through the grasslands under the prototype bridge span and notice board. The structure can be climbed to provide lake views.
There is a good viewing platform from which to watch the birds.
Continue back to path to the crossroad, pass through the gate posts and past the "Friends of Westgate Park" compound. Volunteers meet 8.30am every Monday and Tuesday come and enjoy the fun!
Hardwork in the nursery or just having fun? Continue past the nursery to the disused rail line back to the bus terminus.
If you are quiet and look carefully, you can often see a variety of reptiles, such as this magnificent Blue Tongue Lizard.