If you want to increase your family’s vocabulary, head to the Murray-Sunset National Park in north-west Victoria, where “pink” just doesn’t cut it as an adequate adjective. On any given day, its four stunning lakes take on numerous hues – from dusky, bubble-gum, coral and fairy floss to salmon, watermelon and rose. The colour comes from a beta-carotene pigment caused by algae, and families with early risers will see amazing colours in the morning light.
The remote national park is truly wild, with towering sand dunes, semi-arid woodlands, desert wildflowers, abundant wildlife and bush camping. Almost as soon as you enter Murray-Sunset, you’ll lose mobile reception, but there’s plenty to connect you with nature. There are short walking tracks where kids can collect salt from the lakes’ shores, trails to see salt-mining relics, plenty of trees to climb and secluded spots to go fishing. And, of course, there are the magical sunsets that light up the sky with every single shade of pink. Sorry, fuchsia.
Know before you go: There are 11 free camping grounds in the park. No bookings required, but families must be self-sufficient as no bins or drinking water are provided.