Rifle Range Nature Park
If you know Beauty World, you’d probably be familiar with all the delicious food and activities like the Rail Corridor. For the uninitiated, no, it’s not full of attractive beauties in the area. But there is another attraction to add to the list: Rifle Range Nature Park.
Spanning over 66 hectares with a 7km trail, the park has become one of our favourite green spots in Singapore. Besides taking a scenic stroll, here are things to do at Rifle Range Nature Park.
How long does it take to hike Rifle Range Nature Park?
Hiking from one end to the other and back will take you around 1.5 hours, depending on your fitness level. Given the number of trails and loops to choose from, it’s possible to make your hike shorter or longer too.
Those looking to extend their hike can also check out our guide to other hiking trails around Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, which are located nearby.
What birds & animal species are in Rifle Range Nature Park?
Expect to spot a range of wildlife, from birds such as the Yellow Bittern and Common Kingfisher to the long-tailed macaque and Malayan Colugo.
If you’re lucky, you may even spot migratory birds like the Brown-chested Jungle Flycatcher, often sighted from late September to early November.
As with any other park or nature reserve you visit, it might be tempting to touch or feed the animals, but it’s important to remind ourselves to observe hiking etiquette and only admire any native wildlife from afar.
– Things to do at Rifle Range Nature Park –
1. Get a bird’s eye view at Rambai Boardwalk
If you’re entering the park via Beauty World Centre, you’ll be greeted by Rambai Boardwalk. This elevated bridge lets you get a bird’s-eye view of the entire urban jungle at once. Be on the lookout for signs along the way to learn some fun facts about the park as you walk amongst the trees.
Keep an eye out for poles along the way with figures of animals on them as you walk – they’re representative of the furry friends that inhabit the park, like squirrels and colugos.
2. Learn about the park’s history at the Visitor Pavilion
Rifle Range Nature Park has been years in the making, developed to help conserve the various species of flora and fauna in the area. Pop down to the Visitor Pavilion at the main entrance to learn more about the park’s history, like how NParks reclaimed the land 4 times before it was suitable for both animals and humans.
Besides dishing out nuggets of information, the Visitor Pavilion also makes for a fun photo sesh. Snap some pics amongst the flowers that adorn the area, or take a walk around and see how many adorable squirrel sculptures you can spot.
Pro tip: Top up your water bottles and answer nature’s call while you’re there as there won’t be another restroom for a while.
3. Venture through Gliders Boardwalk
Knowledge is a key you’ll earn when you take a trip through Gliders Boardwalk. The wooden boardwalk has many bends, allowing you to take in the park’s sights and sounds from different angles. Like Rambai Boardwalk, you’ll find directions engraved onto the boardwalk planks so that you don’t get lost.
While walking around, you may spot random poles with ropes across them. This is actually an aerial rope bridge for animals like squirrels to walk across without getting hurt or interrupted by human activity.
4. Find a kiddie obstacle course at the Forest Exploration Trail
Built for children aged 5-12, the Forest Exploration Trail is a fun little detour for the little ones. The trail includes a pebbled pathway and a path of logs which the kiddos can explore. Take a closer look at the long wooden handlebars and you’ll notice carvings of animals like squirrels and snakes.
Budding rock climbers can venture a little further down the trail to find a collection of boulders which are safe to climb and perch on.
5. Go birdwatching at the Quarry Wetland
Be in awe of the view at the Quarry Wetland. This scenic wetland, set against a rocky backdrop provides a perfect picture opportunity. Learn about how the quarry helps to improve water quality and provide a habitat for animals.
The abundance of wildlife also makes the wetland a great spot for birdwatchers to set up camp – try spotting birds like kingfishers and the yellow bittern when you’re here.
6. Take a pit stop at the cosy Waterhen Hide
Besides the quarry, avid birders can traverse over to Waterhen Hide. Aptly built to resemble a nest, this lookout spot can be reached via a mud path just left of the quarry. Sporting a comfy bench and viewing windows, visitors can take the opportunity to have some rest while observing the park’s fauna.
7. Get a breathtaking view of the quarry on the Colugo Trail
Rifle Range Nature Park is more than just scenic nature views; it’s also a great place to clock in those steps while having some fun. Traverse up the Colugo Trail to get an aerial view of the quarry, via either the “challenging” route or the “moderate” route.
Spanning 30m, the challenging route entails climbing up big boulders to reach the midpoint. While it is safe for hikers, be careful not to lose your grip, especially after wet weather. For those who’d prefer a less dynamic route, the 50m moderate route has stairs for you to easily get to the top. Just take note that the path can get pretty steep, so be sure to have some water handy in case it tires you out.
Once you’ve conquered the routes, be rewarded with an aerial view of both the quarry and the city skyline at Colugo Deck. Named after colugos – or “flying lemurs” as their commonly known – the deck is built to look like these animals when they spread their “wings” to glide from tree to tree. The viewing deck sits 31m above the quarry, so you’re in for a 10/10 view.
These critters reside in the park but they’re known to be good at camouflage – really try your hand at spotting them by paying extra close attention to tree tops while on the trails.
8. Make the trek to the Banyan Trail
Once you’ve snapped your glorious IG pics from Colugo Deck, follow the signs that point towards MacRitchie Reservoir. You’ll eventually reach a junction and walk through the naturally sheltered Gaharu Trail. Here, take a detour to Banyan Link, which will lead you to the Banyan Trail.
The trek is a much cooler walk compared to other parts of the park due to the abundance of trees.
While it is quite a walk to reach, you won’t be disappointed by all the fun photos you’ll be able to snap at here. You’ll find a gentle stream that meanders through the trail, leaving you with pics that are anything but mainstream.
9. Join free nature guided walks
For those curious to learn more about Singapore’s rich biodiversity, sign up for a free 1-hour guided walk that will allow you to learn more about animal crossing features you can find here – like the rope bridges and colugo poles – and how they help to protect the wildlife.
While it’s open to anyone, do take note that the walk is unsuitable for those who require wheelchairs and prams. The next 2 sessions will take place on 16th March 2024 and 20th April 2024, and you can register your interest on the NParks website.
Getting to Rifle Range Nature Park
The park is easily accessible with a total of 8 entrances for visitors to enter, with the most commonly used one being adjacent to Beauty World Centre. Just an 8-minute drive from Dairy Farm Nature Park, it offers scenic views and hiking trails that let you be one with nature. Just be warned not to wear white shoes because the ground here can get muddy.
Those coming here by MRT can alight at Beauty World station and take Exit A. There’s an overhead bridge from the 4th floor of Beauty World Centre that is directly linked to Rambai Boardwalk.
If you’re taking the bus, you can take services 184, 852, 961 and alight opposite Beauty World Centre, or buses 41, 52, 61, 77, 157, 174, 184, 852, 961, 970, 985 and get off opposite Bukit Timah Plaza.
Where do you park your car at Rifle Range Nature Park?
There’s a car park right next to the Visitor Centre, open from 7am-7pm daily and chargeable at $1.20/hr. There are 68 car park slots, 2 of which are handicapped lots.
If you’re exploring nearby areas, you can park at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve for the same rate and take a short hiking route to get to Rifle Range Nature Park.
Alternatively, you can consider parking near Beauty World MRT as well. Apart from the many shopping centre car parks to choose from, there’s also an open-air car park at Chun Tin Road. From there, crossing an overhead bridge on the fourth floor of Beauty World Centre will take you to the park’s Rambai Entrance.
Are dogs allowed in Rifle Range Nature Park?
NParks does not allow dogs or other pets in Rifle Range Nature Park. Dogs, in particular, might bark at other animals or scent-mark places they visit, which would disturb the native wildlife there.
Thankfully though, there are many dog-friendly hiking trails for you to choose from if you’d like to take your fur kid along for a hike.
Visit Rifle Range Nature Park for a weekend hike
Rifle Range Nature Park is a massive park with many fun things for visitors of all ages to enjoy. From mini obstacle courses to an uphill hiking trail with aerial views, the park has much for visitors to see and do. So pack your sunblock, mosquito repellent and hiking shoes and bookmark this for your next active weekend adventure.
Opening hours: 7am-7pm, Daily
Contact: Rifle Range Nature Park website
More parks and trails to check out in Singapore:
- Windsor Nature Park
- Kranji Reservoir Park
- Bukit Gombak Park
- Kid-friendly hiking trails
- Sentosa hiking guide
Photography by Afiqah Amir. First published on 21st November 2022. Last updated by Dewi Nurjuwita on 21st February 2024.
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