Destination Singapore: Beautiful Nature Spots In Singapore That Even Locals Overlook

Destination Singapore: Beautiful Nature Spots In Singapore That Even Locals Overlook

Bukit Batok Town Park- Little GuilinImage Credit: SilverKris

Travellers around the world recognise the half-fish half-lion trademark of Singapore, the Merlion, and the scenic city view: the Singapore River, Esplanade, Singapore Flyer, ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, and the many towers in our business district. But there are many other pretty nature sights besides our cityscape.

Take the opportunity to appreciate the flora and fauna in this renowned garden city. Go for a walk, spot birds, and take beautiful photos to bring home as memories.

Our Gardens

Chinese GardenImage Credit: TimeOut Singapore

Located all the way at the west of Singapore, the Chinese and Japanese Gardens are popular amongst local photographers and cosplayers for its unique architecture.

Cross the stone bridges and climb the spiral of stairs up to the roof of the pagodas and admire the scenic view of the gardens from above.

Chinese Garden - The Live Turtle and Tortoise MuseumImage Credit: Little Steps

Since you’re there, stop by The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum at Chinese Gardens to make friends with more than 200 turtles and tortoises from over 60 different species!

Singapore Botanic GardensImage Credit: Singapore Botanic Gardens

Gardens by the Bay may be one the most popular tourist attraction for appreciating nature, but the Singapore Botanic Gardens is the ‘OG’ of Singapore’s gardens. A 7min drive away from Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, the Botanic Gardens is the only tropical garden to be honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Singapore Botanic Gardens - Gardening WorkshopImage Credit: Singapore Botanic Gardens

You can even sign up for their free guided tours here! Or cultivate your green fingers at their gardening workshops here!

Nature Trails

The Southern RidgesImage Credit: Visit Singapore

Get one of the best panoramic views of the city, harbour and the Southern Islands at The Southern Ridges. The 10km stretch will take you through many popular nature spots like Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve. Not forgetting the distinctive wave-like bridge, Henderson Waves, this is also a common spot for pre-wedding photoshoots.

Henderson WavesImage Credit: Visit Singapore

Tucked away from sight and the many holiday chalets are Changi Point Coastal Walk, which offers you gorgeous views of Singapore’s Eastern coastline, especially during sunset.

Changi Point Costal WalkImage Credit: Discover Singapore

Start your journey at Changi Creek in the east and make your way down the boardwalk towards the rocky coast near Changi Beach Club. If you’re lucky, you can even spot some monitor lizards and fascinating species of insects and birds along the way!

Dairy Farm - Wallace Education CentreImage Credit:

There are many other nature trails you can take like the Dairy Farm Wallace Trail, or you can even DIY your preferred walking trail here!

Parks And Nature Reserves

Sungei Buloh Wetland ReservesImage Credit: Visit Singapore

Since there are plenty of gardens, parks, and nature reserves, here are some of the more popular ones to get you started.

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserves - Common RedshankImage Credit: nParks

The Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserves is one of the most well-known ones around, especially among the bird-spotting community. The mangrove forest’s rich biodiversity offers lots of sights and sounds: admire the resident birds like herons, kingfishers, and sunbirds, and watch the mudskippers and crabs scurrying around in the mud.

Bukit Town Park - Little GuilinImage Credit: JustRunlah!

Known as the Little Guilin of Singapore, the tranquil lake against the majestic granite cliffs at Bukit Batok Town Park is one of the pretty sights you can find there. From there, make your way to Sungei Ulu Pandan via the Ulu Pandan Park Connector.

Bukit Batok Nature Park - Bukit Batok MemorialImage Credit: nParks

Or you can head to Bukit Batok Nature Park via the Hillview Park Connector, where you can pay tribute to the soldiers and victims of World War II at the memorial plaque situated within the park.

Bukit Timah Nature ReserveImage Credit: Little Day Out

Not too far from Bukit Batok, you can find the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, where you’ll get to scale the steps up to Singapore’s highest hill, Bukit Timah Hill. There’s even a visitor centre where you can learn more about the forest ecology and plant specimens there.

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve - Hindhede Nature ParkImage Credit: Little Day Out

You can then trek over to Hindhede Nature Park from Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. As you enjoy the view of the Hindhede Quarry, try spotting the park’s many inhabitants including the Banded Woodpecker, Clouded Monitor Lizard, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and Plantain Squirrel!

With so many other gardens, parks, and nature places in Singapore, here’s the whole list to help you find your way.

Discover Singapore One Park At A Time

Living up to our name as the garden city, there are so many nature spots in Singapore to name within one article. Too many for an average Singaporean to know them all. So you can take this as a guide to exploring and discovering Singapore away from the city and crowds.

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