The Pink Lakes are so named because of their colour during late summer. A red pigment, carotene, is secreted from the algae - best seen
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Pink Lakes - Lake Hardy and Lake Crosbie
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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.
The main campground for the Pink Lakes is at Lake Crosbie. This is a great spot to stay overnight or longer. There are toilets, gas barbecues, fireplaces and picnic tables. An all-weather gravel road gives access to the main camping area at Lake Crosbie, but access further north into the park is recommended for 4WD only.
Camping is also available at Mount Crozier, Lake Becking and Mopoke Hut. Access is by 4WD.
There are excellent walking tracks in the Pink Lakes area. Some suggested walk are the Kline Nature Walk (approx 2 hours), Lake Becking (approx 45 mins) and Lake Hardy (approx 1 hour). It is essential to contact a ranger before attempting an extended walk in the more remote areas of the park.
The wildflower display during spring can be impressive. On a warm afternoon you may see Rainbow Bee-eaters chasing flying insects or Mallee and Bearded Dragons scurrying to the cover of a Triodia (Porcupine Grass) clump.
Access by 2WD vehicles along a gravel road from Linga. For those with limited time, a drive around the Pioneer Drive (Pink Lakes) is recommended. Otherwise take a 4WD trip to the Mount Crozier Lookout or old Mopoke Hut outstation.
It is important to check current road conditions with park staff before visiting. Some tracks become impassable in wet weather and others are recommended only for 4WD. Ensure you carry adequate water, food and fuel when four wheel driving.
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