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Labrador Nature Reserve is an oasis of tranquility and natural wonders. The park offers a picturesque view of the sea. A path built on the edge of the secondary forest provides a prime view of the cliff side vegetation coupled with a panoramic view of the sea. It is not uncommon to hear songs of a variety of bird species, including the Oriental Magpie-robin and Black-naped Oriole. While you are taking a leisurely stroll along one of the nature trails, you can spot squirrels scurrying up trees.
Lovely Nature area
Labrador Park is the only remaining natural rocky shore along the Southern coastline of Singapore. It is indeed sad that with reclamation and land-filling, most of our natural areas have been destroyed. However, it is still worthy to appreciate those that remain, such as Labrador Park.
When you enter the park, you are treated to a calming and luxuriously green walk down to the beach area. Along the way it is worthy to appreciate the flora and listen to the sounds of birds or squirrels (that make a sound similar to chirping).
The area with the rocky shore has since been closed off from visitors in order to protect its pristine condition. However, from the barrier, you can still observe the unique pattern of the rocky beach, which is unlike others in Singapore that just consists of sand. The rocks provide hiding places and homes for several organisms and the beach is rich in nature and biodiversity. In order to protect this condition from destruction by human traffic, it has been cordoned off.
Apart from all the rich nature that Labrador Park delivers, it is simply a great place to chill and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city area and calm down the pace of life.
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In the early mornings, I walked amid the chatter of birds and croaking of insects in Tamarind Hill, located in Labrador Nature Reserve. Tamarind Hill is right at the top of Labrador Nature Reserve, and offers a great view of the sea. There are lush greeneries surrounding the walking path, which is paved with gravel.
There is a bungalow at the crest of the hill, and I realised that it is a restored historical bungalow, one which exuded a warm light from within. Inside, there is a Thai restaurant, which is named after the place, Tamarind Hill Restaurant.
If you are looking for a peaceful place to exercise, relax or just to mingle around with nature, Tamarind Hill is the place for you!
Try running through the park if you are looking for a challenge
Most people go to Labrador Park for a relaxing stroll. But from a runner's viewpoint, if you happen to be in the vicinity, start from the Labrador MRT exit near where the furniture showroom is. The carpark is a good start point.
Follow the long road, take it easy at first. Then once you reach a junction that takes you on a right turn, take it. You'll hit the first hill and from there just go where your feet would dare take you. Continue until you return to the long straight road and jog back to the carpark. If you have not vomited yet from the exertion, you my friend, are fit. So, turn back and hit another circuit!
Kids would enjoy it
A few WWII cannons rust in the cliffs overlooking the entrance to the harbour. Intriguing tunnels, closed off to public access, lead mysteriously here and there into the hillside. A failed resort sits forlornly overlooking the ocean. The forest provides refuge for a few birds and butterflies. The landscaped gardens by the sea (landscaped: grassed) are pleasant enough.
This is not a destination for tourists. As a pleasant picnic spot for locals, yes, but as a must see destination for those who will spend the evening in luxury in the Hyatt, no.
Brought my children there to explore
It was the school holiday and my children were bored so I thought I would bring them to somewhere new. I made the first right turn when I got into the road and got to a car park. That was the car park to the inland part of the park. We got out and walked towards the park. My children did not like the place because the trees covered the top and even in early morning, it was a bit dim.
After walking a short distance, we decided to go back and drive to another car park. This car park was nearer to the seawards part of the park. We got out and the park was so much brighter. We took the short walk towards the sea. There was no beach but the view was nice and the sea breeze was cooling.
To the right side of the car park, there was a play ground. A play ground that still had sand. My children were quite resistant to play in play grounds with sand because now all the play ground outside came with the synthetic rubber flooring.For lack of better things to do, they tried playing in the sand and once they got dirty, they actually enjoyed playing with the sand.
The two faces of Labrador
A friend was describing to me a recent haunting incident at Labrador Park where someone kena possessed. So like the fools we are, we decided to pay the park a visit in the dead of the night.
Because of the tale, I was already expecting a desolate and eerie place. My expectations borne out at first when I got lost among the lonely roads and parked in a carpark up the hill. The park's main walkway was deserted and quite dark, being surrounded by the forest. When we reached the war tunnels, we stopped and debated whether to enter them.
Under natural moonlight, the tunnels were dark and forbidding. Actually, that was a hell of an understatement. The tunnels were downright scary and the prospect of entering unthinkable. But we were fools and our actions were dictated by non-sense, right? Wrong. One of my friend suddenly wakes up from our fool's errand and said that going into the tunnel just doesn't feel right. Well, of course it doesn't. But we weren't about to argue the point.
We turned back and returned to the car. After turning out of creepy avenue, we found the road leading to the park by the sea. That was the area we were aiming for in the first place because that's where the haunting reportedly occurred. We stepped outta the car and was greeted with a view that stumped us. This was a well-lit park with pockets of people chilling out here and there, not in the least bit the eerie park we envisioned.
So now we know that Labrador Park possess two faces at night, a great place to chill and the entrance to hell.
Labrador Nature Reserve, in my opinion, is clearly underrated. It is actually a great place to have a nice walk with your loved ones or even alone to clear out your thoughts, or jog alongside the great view of both the relaxing waters and cool architecture of buildings at the other side.
You can go all the way down to Keppel Marina Bay and have a overlooking view of the waters and many yachts stationed there, cross bridges that offer you likewise scenery and a nice, calming sensation from the serenity, or you can even go down to the other side to use the fitness facilities (to do pull ups, push ups and sit ups etc.). After a good exercise there, you can also dine there with the abundance of restaurants located in the vicinity!
Beautiful Hideaway in Singapore
Labrador Park is a beautiful hideaway in Singapore that not many people know about, or not many people have actually gone too. it is a little bit out of the way from the city centre and is quite inaccessible, but even if it takes you some time to get there, I really think it's worth it.
First, getting there may be a problem, since there is only one public bus that actually drops you at Labrador park itself. However it is possible to also take buses to Pasir Panjang Road or Alexander road and get to the park on foot. Alternatively, you can take the circle line to Labrador Park station or Harborfront Station.
The best way to enjoy Labrador Park would be to just set aside a day or half a day to explore the area. You should take a nice long walk along the pathway next to the sea, and enjoy the beautiful view. I think this is called the Bukit Chermin Boardwalk. Be sure also to check out the rocky sea cliff located at one end of the park, it is the only rocky sea cliff located on the main island of Singapore, and I sure didn't expect to see something like this in Singapore.
Labrador Park has some great things to see for history buffs. There are secret tunnels there left behind by the British from World War II. There are as also statues and war relics; an omage to our past.
Finally, the flora and fauna at Labrador Park is really something to feast your eyes on. After staring at a computer for days or studying really hard, rest your eyes on some beautiful greenery in a peaceful environment. I'm no botanist so I'm not too sure exactly what special species of flora and fauna can be sighted at Labrador Park, but be sure to check out this site ( http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/docs/LabradorNature&CoastalWalk_Final.pdf) before you go, it is a guide to Labrador Park containing details of the wildlife that you can look out for.
I would suggest going on a weekday. I'm not too sure about the weekends but when I went on a weekday it was quiet and serene. Perhaps it might be more crowded on weekends. Don't be afraid though, even though it was quiet, It's not isolated such that there are no people at all, it is just alot more peaceful than most other areas in SIngapore.
I really enjoyed my visit to the park, just walking around and exploring the area, or sitting on a bench enjoying the view of the sea. It is really a must go! Moreover, entry is completely free!
Love The Sea View!
Singapore has apparently started a great initiative's natural beauty for residents and tourists to open up many of these routes here in Labrador Nature Reserve. From the Labrador Park MRT station, one can immediately start the walk to Labrador Nature Reserve. It would be best to buy ample snacks and drinks because there are no shops in there. Furthermore, it is a long walk from the train station itself. I used to walk during a sunny day and even before reaching the place, i was already panting and sweating. Nevertheless, it was still a good walk!
Anyway, the whole nature place is very nice. I really love how the remains are being left behind and how one could actually feel what has happened before. You can chill and relax while the whole coastal sides are overlooking the sea, full of ships and sometimes you could also witness private yachts and boats. Especially at night, the more peaceful the sea it, the calmer the breeze is. It totally eases of my mind after that particular long humid walk i had.
Not forgetting, you can also barbecue and gather your families and friends around. It is another ideal place for bonding and togetherness!
Nature's place to unwind
Labrador Nature Reserve is indeed one of the better nature parks in Singapore. I went there a few times to do some birding and I was very surprised to discover the diversity the park actually contained!
I didn’t expect to see so many colourful birds. There were the Bee-eater, Yellow-backed Oriole, Whimbrel, Kingfisher and many more! In Singapore, the blackbird is always spotted and everyone doesn’t pay attention to the birds anymore because it’s always the same old boring bird but at Labrador, it’s an eye-opener. Pay close attention to the calls, be observant, and you’ll see that there is so much life going on!
Other than the bustling avian life, the park is nice for a relaxing jog or snagging some moments of solitude and peace from a packed schedule. There is a wide pier where old uncles fish from and benches are also scattered throughout the park under trees and by the sea. Yes, a part of the park connects to the sea! It was nice sitting in the shade of the tree, watching the waves dance and listening to it crash.
It’s pretty convenient to get to as it’s just next to Labrador Park MRT station.
A park along the shore away from the bustling city crowds.
The first time I went Labrador Park, I thought it was quite near, so I ended up walking all the way along the small road when I finally arrived, it took me almost 25 minutes by foot from the nearest bus stop.
I got lost when the road suddenly split into two and no helpful sign boards to guide pedestrians into the place. Do not walk toward Port Road, walk along Labrador Villa Road and you will see a restaurant called Villa Seafood Galleria, which mean you are reaching the nearest Park Entrance.
Only then did I realise there is a bus service into Labrador Park itself. To go to Labrador Park, you need to get off at Harbour Front MRT Station, walk to the Harbour Front Interchange and board bus Parks 408 for $1 per trip, however it operates on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays from 11am to 9pm.
Given the “difficulty” to get to Labrador, this is seriously the best stroll along the beach apart from the already crowded Changi and East Coast Park Beach. The place is tranquil, and the obvious thing I noticed, there were hardly any litter, given that this is a gazetted Nature Reserve place, there are several BBQ pits so you can make booking via AXS if you want a quiet place for small gatherings.
Since this place was used as a battle ground during the World War II, you can explore along the shore and stumble upon the Labrador Battery and interesting findings along the way.
If you drive or ride, this will be one of the best place for a romantic stroll with your partner and for those who love a quiet running workout under the sun, I would recommend as well, do park ample food and drinks before you embark!