List of Nature Reserves Parks in Singapore 2022
Why are nature reserves important in Singapore?
A nature reserve is a protected area that preserves the natural environment and biodiversity of an area in Singapore.
These areas are often designated as public lands, which means that they can be accessed by anyone without paying any fees or taxes.
This makes them perfect for recreation and environmental education.
Nature reserves play an important role in conserving precious resources like water, wildlife, and plants. They also serve as havens for threatened species and help to restore damaged ecosystems.
Generally speaking, these reserves are managed by Nparks in Singapore.
Perhaps there is no better way to unwind than to get closer to nature here in Singapore. Fortunately we are surrounded by enough greenery in Singapore to help easily feel rejuvenated.
In fact, there are over 350 parks (big and small) to choose from. In order to not feel overwhelmed, we have narrowed down the Most Popular Nature Reserve Parks in Singapore that are definitely worth your time to explore.
Punggol Waterway Park – Nature Park Singapore
A walk in this park against the setting sun will give you a memory to cherish forever. The Punggol Waterway Park has fitness corners dedicated to various age groups.
The sand area is also a popular choice among parents with young kids.
What activities can be carried out at Punggol Waterway Park?
When you are bring kids out, its important to plan interesting and fun activities to keep them occupied.
Punggol Waterway Park is a place where you can cycle, fly kite, perform taichi, do line dancing, inline skating, try water sports and adventure courses.
Always remember to bring mosquito repellants while you are visiting the parks.
A visitor fondly recollected,
“Very nice, clean and serene park that you can jog, cycle and walk along the river.”
Address: Sentul Cres, Singapore 821313
Phone: 1800 471 7300
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve – Nature Park Singapore
The Bukit Timah Hill is one of the highest places in Singapore at 163m. However the trek up to the summit can be rather steep for the novice visitors.
But the short climb is surely invigorating and truly refreshing.
The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve also has designated bike trails which will give you an indepth insight to the land’s flora and fauna.
In the words of a regular goer,
“Don’t even need to wear a cap once you are inside the reserve as there are thick foliage to protect you. Instead of walking along the main road I usually take the detours with the many trails that lead you to the summit eventually. Best for nature therapy and healing!”
Address: Hindhede Dr, Singapore 589318
Opening Hours are restricted due to Covid-19 measures, do refer to the website below.
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Central Catchment Nature Reserve – Nature Park Singapore
This is the largest reserve forest in Singapore. A beautiful, serene place that has an overpowering, calming effect. The splendid foliage will soothe your soul.
There are 3 nature trails to choose from – Walking Trail which will take you to the TreeTop Walk, followed by Chemperai Trails at the edge of the reservoir, and lastly the Prunus Trail which is in the deepest part of the rainforest.
If you are lucky you can see here the endangered Banded Leaf Monkey.
The hike is especially memorable for many hikers. In the words of a hiker,
“It was a nice trail for hiking”.
Address: Central Catchment Nature Reserve, 601 Island Club Road (Located close to Singapore Island Country Club, via Venus Drive)
Kranji Marshes – Nature Park Singapore
The Kranji Marshes is one of the largest fresh water marshes in Singapore. Spread over 56.8 hectare, it is rich with flora and fauna.
This marsh is home to 170 species of birds, 54 species of butterflies and 33 species of dragonflies. It plays a crucial role in maintaining the biodiversity of the area.
If you visit during the migratory season, you may be able to catch glimpses of the Black Baza or Japanese Sparrowhawk which is quite rare and difficult to spot.
One visitor who had a great experience, not only is full of praise but also advised that,
“easy walk (1km to the tower) with great greenery and wildlife to be seen. Glad to have caught so many birds, but think it would have been better if I went earlier because then it would be less hot (I went at 10am). There are some unshaded parts on the way in so wear lots of sunblock! The view from the raptor tower is great and the breeze is nice.”
Address: 11 Neo Tiew Lane 2
Phone: 6794 1401
Jurong Lake Gardens – Nature Park Singapore
Jurong Lake Gardens comprise the Chinese Garden and torii gates of the Japanese Garden.
This national garden finds its home in the West of Singapore. Families with kids, couples, hikers all find the park to be suitable for different purposes.
One of the best attractions is in the and is the Lakeside Garden which has lalang-filled Grasslands with a Lone Tree in the middle.
There are many people who never miss a chance to visit this amazing place. In the words of one such visitor
“A beautiful place filled with a variety of plants and recreational facilities including playground and exercise stations. It is a really nice place to enjoy a nature walk.”
Address: Yuan Ching Rd
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Fort Canning Park – Nature Park Singapore
Formerly known has “Bukit Larangan” or Forbidden Hill, the Fort Canning Park has an interesting past. Steeped in History, some of the crucial decisions of Singapore’s past had been taken on this hill top.
A history buff will surely enjoy the artefacts and remains of the era long gone.
The lush greenery is an added attraction for any nature lover. It plays host to cultural events such as Shakespeare in the Park, Ballet Under the Stars, Shakespeare in the Park and Films at the Fort.
As for a nature lover, it is a place which is
“Beautiful and well-maintained colonial park. Unique trees and plant species if you take time to look at them. Love the greenery and the open space. It’s shady too. Accessible as it’s next to Downtown line, Fort Canning MRT”
Address: River Valley Rd, Singapore 179037
Tampines eco-green – Nature Park Singapore
A simple and endearing stroll at Tampines Eco-Green will get you refreshed. This underrated park is easy to navigate and there are plenty of hiking and bike trails for a short and rejuvenating experience.
A true nature lover offered advice and observed
“This is good enough for spending 2 to 3 hours walking around and enjoying nature. We caught sight of a changeable lizard, tortoises, water hens, a dragonfly, blue pea flowers, morning glory, ixora, mimosa, hibiscus and other flowers that I don’t know the names of. I quite like the fact that it is a really back to basics experience. No fancy visitor center nor printed maps. Nearest car parking is less than 10 minutes away”.
Address: Tampines Ave 9, Singapore 520491
Labrador Nature Reserve – Nature Park Singapore
As a part of Southern Ridges, Labrador Nature Reserve includes Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, and Kent Ridge Park.
A great place for fishing, this reserve takes you closest to the sea. Enjoy the crashing waves and the historical site. A historical marvel surrounded by rich greenery, this park is a favorite with not just family but ideal for hikers and bike riders as well.
Many visitors have enjoyed the voice of the Oriental Magpie-robin and Black-naped Oriole.
As you take a leisurely stroll, you will surely spot some squirrels busy up on their trees or minding their business. Spotting migratory birds is an added attraction for bird watchers.
One park goer mentioned
“Went on a local tour at Labrador Nature Reserve on the historic role it played in WW2. Great place and surprisingly, relatively clean toilets. Great place!”
Address: Labrador Villa Rd, Singapore 119187
Hort Park – Nature Park Singapore
The Hort Park is also a part of Southern Ridges. This area is often visited by all nature lovers and garden enthusiasts.
This landscape of greenery in Singapore also features nature themed gardens that are perfect for the whole family to enjoy.
There are different areas with different types of plants and flowers, so there is something for everyone to explore.
Not just gardening, there are plenty of fun activities that one can do with family.
The Gardens also include a playground, picnic area, pavilion, and water feature which make it the perfect spot for a fun day out.
Pitter Patter Potter garden is a favorite among the kids, with banana, mango and papaya trees.
Photography enthusiasts and fitness conscious can also benefit from the visit to the park. Lots of recreational and educational activities can be carried out at this park. Visit Hort Park today!
A regular park goer beautifully summed up the park
“A rare idyllic-oasis in the midst of bustling city. Feel like have been into a secluded, secret garden. One could instantly feel the stress melt away, as if body COG (centre of gravity) has been reduced.”
Address: 33 Hyderabad Rd, Singapore 119578
Area – 9 hectare
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve – Nature Park Singapore
If you are a nature lover, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve will not disappoint you. Experience the majestic site of the migratory birds flocking and taking off during the peak season.
Some of the resident fauna include mudskippers, crabs, shellfish, water snakes, birds, spiders, monitor lizards and otters. Birds such as herons, kingfishers and sunbirds are residents here.
Migratory birds such as shorebirds or waders including plovers and sandpipers are often spotted during the season.
You can spot your favorite animal or bird and take notes of them or photograph them for posterity.
This place is a paradise for photography lovers. There are so many types of shots that can be taken. Use the natural sunlight to advantage and capture great moments in nature.
How long is the walk at Sungei Buloh?
The trail at Sungei Buloh in Singapore is about 1.3km long and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. We recommend visiting Sungei Buloh in the months of September to March as this is when migratory birds arrive during their annual travel.
A visitor surmised
“Nice scenery with lots of animals to see. Only thing is it can be a bit hot when the sun is out. Otherwise just hope for wind. Can see mangroves, storks, herons, owls, monitor lizards, crocodiles, spiders, other birds”
Address – Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, 60 Kranji Way, #01-00 Singapore 739453
Area – 130 hectares
Hours – Open 7am – 7pm Daily
A leisurely walk along the setting sun or embracing the daybreak in the lap of nature is achievable in such a city environment, thanks to all these nature reserves.
These parks are all easily accessible and facilities such as nearby restrooms and food and beverage options are also easy to find.
Apart from the parks in the list, you can always visit the regular go to parks like ECP, Pasir Ris and definitely the Botanic Gardens.
Though it might seem at times that we only live in a concrete jungle, there are an abundance of nature reserve parks at our disposal to explore.