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Murray Sunset National Park

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Many years ago in the geological history of the area, the Murray – Sunset National Park was submerged beneath the sea.

With the withdrawal of these ancient seas what is left are sand ridges and dunes and a variety of vegetation including grasslands, saltbush and mallee eucalypt and myriads of wild flowers in Spring.

A feature of the park are the saltwater Pink Lakes which are especially remarkable when viewed at sunset.

Murray Sunset National Park
By Papphase [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
Lake Wallawalla by Department of Environment & Primary Industries, on Flickr
Lake Walla Walla when full, covers an area of some 80 hectares.  The lake is an important wetlands for many species of particularly bird life.
Pachycephalidae - Crested Bellbird by sunphlo, on Flickr
" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by sunphlo

The Crested Bellbird. In addition to the more than 600 plant species found in the park, it is also an important bird area with over 300 species found there including many of the now threatended Mallee birds such as the mallee fowl, black-eared miner and mallee emu-wren.

Red kangaroo
By Papphase (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The park also some bigger inhabitants including the red kangaroo shown. Both red and grey kangaroos are found in the park as well as wedge tailed eagle and emus. 

Track Pink Lakes
By Papphase [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
River crossing Lindsay Island
By Papphase [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
Pink Lakes at Murray Sunset NP
By Papphase [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

The Pink Lakes – Lake Hardey and Lake Crosbie – of the Murray-Sunset National Park, change in colour throughout the year from a deep pink to a glistening white. The lakes take on this color due to an algea present in the lake and the white salt bed of the lake itself. Particularly after rains and when nutrients are washed into the lake the algea grows and the pink colour is the most intense.