BUCKET LIST: TICKING OFF LAKE BUMBUNGA IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
There are a few places in the world that feature highly on my bucket list, including the Northern Lights and the Tulum cenotes. However closer to home I have been waiting for the right opportunity to see a pink salt lake. So when I found myself in Adelaide on my birthday to celebrate the grand opening of the new Ibis Style hotel, I knew I had to do a road trip to see the pastel pink salt lake that is Lake Bumbunga. With a full day to explore, my friend and I hired car from Redspot and picked up a hot pink helium balloon along the way. Well, because it was my birthday.
Lake Bumbunga is a salt lake located in South Australia’s mid north, near the beautiful towns of Lochiel and Bumbunga. According to anthropologist Norman Tindale, the name derives from the Parnpanhka term for ‘rain water lake’.
According to anthropologist Norman Tindale the name was derives from the local indigenous Parnpanhka term for 'rain water lake'. Located an hour and forty minutes north of Adelaide, Lake Bumbunga is fed by surrounding hills including the Hummocks Range. Spanning 3,000 acres, Lake Bumbunga is spectacularly accessible. You won’t find any tourist jumbles, buses or hotels. In fact, there aren’t many places to eat either. If anything, it’s not a tourist destination and to me, that’s its real charm.
The day we went, the weather was warm but overcast. As a travel writer I’ve learned very quickly not to let a few clouds get in my way of capturing the beauty of a landscape. So after a suitably easy drive, we explored Lake Bumbunga on foot for a few of hours from various spots along the lake. Needless to say, it was one of those breathtaking moments
TRIP NOTES What: Pink salt Lake Bumbunga Where: Less than two hours’ drive north of Adelaide in South Australia, near the township of Lochiel How: Getting to the lake is best by car and we hired a hatchback for the day from Redspot