Jungles in a concrete jungle
Put your most comfortable walking shoes on and get back to nature at these green spaces.
Skirting the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, Singapore’s newest and largest nature park (and by “largest”, we mean it spans across 81 hectares – that’s more than 110 soccer fields!) has biking and hiking trails, remnants of old kampung (olden day village) dwellings, local bird species to watch and more.
NEXT: Rail Corridor →
Who would’ve thought to convert a disused railway track into a nature trail? Singapore, apparently. No prizes for guessing why this stretch of green is so named – spot the former Bukit Timah Railway Station and Railway Bridge on your trek. Post-morning walk, refuel with some much-deserved roti prata – the well-loved classic Singaporean breakfast – at Springleaf Prata nearby.
NEXT: Bukit Timah Nature Reserve →
The tallest hill in Singapore recently reopened to the public after an arduous two-year long restoration. Take the 1.2km summit trail to explore the unique flora and fauna, but be warned: you’ll find that some steep slopes and the 200m flight of stairs at the end make it more challenging than it might initially sound. Or, take one of the more meandering treks among the centuries-old vegetation and undisturbed tropical forest to the peak. Of course, whichever route you choose to take, the view is totally worth it.
NEXT: Dairy Farm Nature Park →
Singapore may be a concrete jungle, but that’s not to say it hasn’t got its own real jungles. There are walking trails in the Dairy Farm Nature Park, but certain parts of the path are inconsistent and jungle-clad, and so are slightly more challenging. Dairy Farm is also where rock climbers regularly climb (on real rocks!). New climbers are welcome – the friendly regulars will be more than happy to help start you off.
NEXT: Bukit Batok Town Park →
Walk along the banks of Bukit Batok Town Park – also affectionately nicknamed “Little Guilin” for its striking resemblence to the landscape of Guilin in China – to take in this splendid view of the tranquil lake against the backdrop of towering granite rock cliffs. Fun fact: It was formerly a granite factory before falling into disuse in the 1980s!
NEXT: Treetop Walk →
Don’t look down! Actually, do – and you’ll find a lush forest canopy and diverse ecology below this very suspension bridge you’re on. A tip: The distance to the treetop walk from the foot of the hill is about 4.5km – so say the signs pointing you to it – but remember it’s another 4.5km trek down, so the entire trail could take a good 3 to 4 hours. There are vending machines for cold drinks at pitstops along your hike, but pack light snacks if you think you’ll need extra energy!
NEXT: Changi East Boardwalk →
It’s less a trek and more a leisurely walk along this 2.2km boardwalk, which’ll take you past fishing villages of days past and serene beaches. Rise early to catch the sunset, or be kissed by the sea breeze at night when the boardwalk is lit up with a romantic glow.
NEXT: Coney Island →
Coney Island hardly even feels like Singapore. And you’ll be half right in saying that – it’s actually an island just off Punggol. Rent a bike to explore the casuarina woodlands of tall, skinny trees, mangroves, and unique flora and fauna. The habitat is undeveloped – in which lies its charm – so remember to empty your bowels before entering Coney Island, and exit before dark as there aren’t any lights.
NEXT: Kranji Marshes →
Take the classroom outdoors at the Kranji Marshes, where educational boards, wildlife watching opportunities at the Marsh Station and more make this place worthy of an entire day out. Don’t leave without enjoying the panoramic view of the marshes and the waters beyond from the Raptor Tower. You’ll even be able to pick out Singapore’s iconic landmarks in the distance!
NEXT: Southern Ridges →
Stretching over 10km, walk over the Henderson Waves Bridge en route to the peak, where you can enjoy a marvellous panoramic view of Singapore from its peaceful terraces. With family? Make a pitstop at Hortpark, a community gardening resource centre including play and learning areas for kids.
NEXT: Sentosa Boardwalk →
Ok, this might not be a nature trail per se, but it’s a trail to get to all that nature awaiting in Sentosa… Close enough. So don’t scoff just yet – enjoy FREE admission into Sentosa Island via the boardwalk until December 31, 2017, and save on the $6 entry fee if you were to drive in.
NEXT: Chestnut Nature Park →
By Pinky Chng, last updated December 2017
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