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7 Lush Parks In Singapore With A Rustic, Overseas Vibe

From summery grasslands to Bali-inspired gardens, we highlight the best of each locale.

By Steve Thio      9 April 2021

We never really appreciate how scenic Singapore is until we’re stuck and unable to travel overseas for our holidays. The ongoing pandemic has forced us to ‘travel’ locally and in the process, many of us have discovered hidden scenic locations and gems that remind us just how how beautiful our island can be.

And in these trying times, a breezy escapade to a soothing and green haven can do wonders for frayed nerves!  We’ve compiled a list along with cafe and restaurant suggestions nearby for a quick break if you’re feeling peckish:

Punggol Waterway Park
Along Sentul Crescent Road

One of the newer parks, this lush 12.25 ha area was created to give green respite to residents of Punggol New Town. Segmented into four different themes – Nature Cove, Recreation Zone, Heritage Zone and Green Gallery – and running across the North Eastern Riverine Loop of the park connector, the park offers a stunning landscaped riverside view of forest greenery. Visitors can soak in nature’s refreshing ambience while jogging, cycling or chilling out on one of the many shady park benches.

But it is the architecture of the bridges and walkways that give this park a strong Australian park vibe. If you’re an early riser, make a beeline for the Sunrise Bridge on the Eastern side; as the name suggests, you will be able to catch the sunrise in all its glory.

Located on the Western side of the park, visitors won’t miss the Jewel Bridge with its iconic dome-shaped structure at the centre of the walkway. You can enjoy beautiful views of the setting sun from this bridge and it has become a favourite spot for many Instagrammers. Nature enthusiasts should keep a lookout for the local wildlife, from birds to otters and more. For kids and the young-at-heart, have a dousing good time at the Recreation Zone with its water park and play area. Beat the heat under jet sprays of water and lounge around the cool, wet spaces.

Most of all, the park is ideal for joggers and cyclists as it allows you to experience the gorgeous natural scenery from one end to the other. You can rent a bike for yourself and your family at Bikes@Waterway at SAFRA Punggol!

Foodies will like:

SAFRA Punggol
9 Sentul Crescent, Singapore 821313
www.safra.sg/clubs/punggol

Nestled right within Punggol Waterway Park, SAFRA Punggol is the first eco-friendly SAFRA club. Located just behind a big green lush park connector, the building offers unparalleled views of the entire park. The food establishments here will whet any palate: you can enjoy Western fare at Jack’s Place, or indulge in Sichuan-style hotpot at Huo Guo Kung Fu restaurant. There is even a Heavenly Wang, Wing Zone, Pizza Hut and McDonald’s.

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