Another form of leisure to diverge from the busy life of a giant technology hub, Singapore’s Labrador Nature and Coastal Walk is just a stone’s throw away from residential homes, offices and shopping centers. If you are looking to explore the southern part of the country in a day, this trail with a distance of approximately six kilometers is definitely for you.
Here are some essential tips that can help you accomplish an enjoyable, hassle-free leisure walk:
Know the directions
First things first. Make sure to familiarize yourself well with the route, or at least use online maps—Google Maps, gothere.sg, or Singapore Map mobile app—along the way. There are five major points of interest in the walk: (1) Berlayer Creek; (2) Bukit Chermin Boardwalk; (3) Labrador Nature Reserve; (4) Alexandra Garden Trail; and (5) The Southern Ridges. You can choose from two routes: Labrador Park MRT Station to HarbourFront MRT Station, or the other way around.
The first route starts from Labrador Park MRT Station and ends at HarbourFront MRT Station. Coming from Labrador Park, the suggested order is (1) Berlayer Creek > (2) Bukit Chermin Boardwalk > (3) Labrador Nature Reserve > (4) Alexandra Garden Trail > (5) The Southern Ridges. To complete the route, follow Marang Trail towards HarbourFront MRT Station.
The second route starts from HarbourFront MRT Station and ends at Labrador Park MRT Station. On this trail you will start from HarbourFront and proceed to (5) Southern Ridges > (4) Alexandra Garden Trail > (1) Berlayer Creek > (2) Bukit Chermin Boardwalk > (3) Labrador Nature Reserve, and then head back to Labrador Park MRT Station.
Information panels placed at various intervals along the way will help you learn about the nearby attractions and rich biodiversity in the area.
Map of Labrador Nature and Coastal Walk courtesy of Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)
Wear appropriate clothing
Expect to perspire a lot on this activity especially when done continuously. Portions of Southern Ridges would require you to walk on uphill pathways, while other parts would need you to climb steel staircases. Wear comfortable footwear to avoid blisters.
If you’re heading out by midday, wear a cap or hat to fight the unbearable heat of the sun. Parts of Forest Walk and Southern Ridges are not covered with trees; sun exposure is prominent on these areas. Putting sunscreen on is advisable.
It’s okay to wear cotton shirts but it’s much comfortable to wear quick-dry, loose tops. Reserve the cotton as your alternate clothes. Should you need to change clothes, comfort rooms can be found along the way. MRT stations also have rest rooms.
Bring water and some snacks
Do not just rely on the meal you had at McDonald’s or anywhere else. Three hours of sightseeing plus sweating can drain a lot of energy. A liter of water in your backpack will save you from collapsing due to thirst. Granola bars or crackers are sample foods to munch on while traversing the route. You can also bring packed meals and eat them at designated picnic areas.
Take lots of photos, but leave only footprints
This nature walk exposes tourists to a wide variety of flora and fauna, as well as fascinating structures and breathtaking urban vistas that can be seen en route. This basically means that everyone gets the opportunity to capture photographs as many as their camera can handle, which is a great thing.
So as to abide to Singapore’s policy, everyone is encouraged to keep the surroundings clean. Measures against littering are strictly implemented. And just like any other place on this planet, it is expected of us to bestow utmost respect to the environment.
Alexandra Road viewed from a walkway above Telok Blangah Road; part of Alexandra Garden Trail can be seen in the rightmost section
PSA Building is a 40-storey skyscraper along Alexandra Road
The 960m Berlayer Creek is home to a myriad of fauna and flora – some 60 recorded bird species, 19 species of fishes and 14 true mangrove plant species have been recorded here
The 330m Bukit Chermin Boardwalk connects the Berlayer Creek mangrove trail and the circular plaza at the tip of Labrador Nature Reserve to the promenade at the Reflections at Keppel Bay
Berlayar Beacon at Labrador Nature Reserve
This used to be the entrance to Fort Pasir Panjang. To the left of this slip road you can see the remains of the wall of the old fort, built around 1886
Along Alexandra Road heading towards Alexandra Arch
Alexandra Arch’s architecture looks like an opened leaf spanning across Alexandra Road
This winding steel bridge begins at the foot of Alexandra Arch up to Forest Walk. Cyclists can bike on this sturdy bridge
Do you walk farther or just use this staircase as shortcut? Me prefers the latter
Henderson Waves, the tallest pedestrian bridge in Singapore
Panoramic view of Singapore
Cable cars as seen from Mount Faber
This marks the end of the trail. Beyond this arch of leaves is Telok Blangah Road, near Harbourfront MRT Station
How to get there
For Route 1
- Bus services 10, 30, 51, 143 and 176 take you to Pasir Panjang Road. From there, proceed on foot to Labrador Park MRT Station
- Bus services 61, 93, 97, 100, 166 and 963 take you toAlexandra Road. Alight on the same side or opposite NOL Building along Alexandra Road and proceed on foot to Labrador Park MRT Station
- Service Parks 408 is a direct service that plies between HarbourFront Bus Interchange and Labrador Park (Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 11 am to 9 pm). The service departs from the interchange every 30 minutes
For Route 2
- Bus services 65 (from Tampines Interchange), 80 (Sengkang Interchange), 93 (Eunos Interchange),188 (Choa Chu Kang Interchange), 855 (Yishun Interchange), 963 (Woodlands Regional Interchange) take you to HarbourFront Bus Interchange. You may then proceed on foot to Marang Trail at the Southern Ridges
- For Route 1, take the Circle Line to Labrador Park MRT Station
- For Route 2, take the Circle Line or North East Line to HarbourFront MRT Station
- For Labrador Nature & Coastal Walk only, car parking facilities are available opposite the Labrador Park MRT station at the junction of Pasir Panjang Road and Labrador Villa Road
- For Routes 1 and 2, it would be advisable to commute
using public transport.