|Murray-Sunset National Park, in Victoria's far north-west corner, is in one of the few remaining semi-arid regions in the world where the environment is relatively untouched. With its wide open landscapes, breathtaking sunsets and starry nights, its vastness and isolation will take more than a day to explore.
This is a great park for four wheel drive touring, bushwalking and camping.
Pink Lakes - Lake Hardy and Lake Crosbie
The Pink Lakes are picturesque at most times of year, changing in colour from a deep pink to a glistening white. There are excellent walking tracks in the Pink Lakes area, along with a campground.
The Pink Lakes are so named because of their colour during late summer. A red pigment, carotene, is secreted from the algae - best seen early or late in the day or when it is cloudy. The lakes evaporate over summer leaving concentrated salt crusts over black mud.
Commercial salt harvesting began in the Pink Lakes area in 1916, using shovels and wheel-barrows. For more than twenty years camel teams transported the salt away from the area. Today old salt stock piles and machinery used in harvesting can be seen on the edge of Lake Crosbie.
Pink Lakes Walk
The walk, beginning at the Pink Lakes picnic area, reveals why Victoria's second largest national park is so popular. In spring, four of the Murray-Sunset National 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.
Walk distance: 2.5 km
Duration: 1.5 hours return
Start and Finish Point: Pink Lakes picnic area, Murray-Sunset National Park
Best time: Late autumn–spring
Located in the far north-west corner of the state, Lindsay Island is intersected by a number of small creeks carrying floodwaters from the Murray River into swamps, billabongs and flood plains. The Island is home to an array of plants and animals and has a rich heritage.
Access - The Murray-Sunset National Park is located in north-west Victoria, about 550 km from Melbourne. The park can be approached from Murrayville and Ouyen in the south and Red Cliffs, Mildura and Renmark in the north. Pink Lakes can be accessed by two wheel vehicles along a gravel road from Linga on the Mallee Highway.