Lake Hardy Day Visitor Area (Murray - Sunset National Park)


Lake Hardy Day Visitor Area (Murray - Sunset National Park)

Be amazed by the stunning colours of Lake Hardy, the pinkest of the Pink Lakes in Murray-Sunset National Park. Its proximity to the entrance road, accessible by 2WD vehicles, makes it an ideal destination for keen photographers, especially at sunrise and sunset when soft light accentuates the pink colouring of the lake.

A short nature walk around the Lake Hardy offers a great introduction to the landscape and vegetation of the Mallee. Follow the blue triangles from the information board along the well-formed track around the lake. Allow 45 minutes for the 1.7km Grade 3 circuit walk.

Visitor Tips: Carry adequate water to stay hydrated and avoid walking in the heat of midday. Temperatures can be extreme in summer. The nearest toilets and picnic facilities are located at the Main Campground near Lake Crosbie, a short drive north. There is no mobile reception in the park. The lakes are usually more pink in winter and spring. For more information, download the Murray-Sunset National Park Visitor Guide before leaving home.

How to get there

Lake Hardy Day Visitor Area (Murray - Sunset National Park)

Need to know

Lake Hardy Day Visitor Area (Murray - Sunset National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • No fires permitted
  • No dogs, cats, pets allowed
  • No camping
  • No generators
  • No firearms allowed


  • Animals and pests
    • Snakes

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

All Tracks closed around Lake Walla Walla

For Cultural Heritage Protection ALL main roads/tracks are now closed around Lake Walla Walla that lead off the Old Mail Road and Walla Walla Track . There are Road Closed signs in place and unauthorised entry into these closed areas could result in significant/major fines. These Roads will be closed for the foreseeable future.

Access to the Lake is still permitted, however only directly from the Old Mail Road and on already defined park tracks. Please note that any powered vessels must only use an electric motor when on any water body within the park.

Japanese encephalitis in northern Victoria

Japanese encephalitis in northern Victoria
Japanese encephalitis (JE) has recently been detected in Victoria, with increased risk in the northern and north-west of Victoria and along the Murray River. This virus is spread to humans through mosquito bites and may cause a rare and potentially life-threatening infection of the brain. 
For information about how to protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquito bites before you head outdoors, visit the Beat the Bite- Better Health Website or see our visitor safety tips. 

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