Dairy Farm Nature Park

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No milk or farm here...but nice place for a hike.
(Updated: June 23, 2013)
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3.5
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3.5
Kudos to the S'pore urban planners [ no, I don't get any special privilege by praising them.. (^_^) ] In our densely built up city living...there's still the possibility of getting our craving for nature fixes answered within 30min of driving (a fair bit more needed via public transportation though) time from anywhere. The transition from "garden city" to "city in a garden" is certainly taking shape.

Dairy Farm Nature Park to the uninitiated is somewhat a "misnomer". There's certainly no milk , butter or cheese to speak of. Neither is there a farm. The namesake is just a hark back to the area early history. But there is a "cow" at the park visitor centre (a conserved cow-shed) though, except it's of the stiff variety which have no chance of developing any mad cow disease.

The centre is named Wallace Education Centre which also serves as an exhibition and learning facility for visitors. It's a the de-facto place to be enlightened about the history of Dairy Farm Nature Park and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, before commencing on the Wallace Trail hike.

The trail is about 1 km long and should last about 30min of unhurried easy walk. It would be good to bring along mozzies repellant and perhaps a hiking stick. Covered shoes and drinking water would make the hike more pleasant. Shutterbugs should find some good pic opportunity to use their camera macro mode.

Personally, the highlight of the hike would be the rest shelter and look out point at the disused quarry wetland, which is an easy walk from the Wallace Trail ........and free entry and free parking should sweeten the experience that much more....

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Best part:
The quarry view and free parking
Recommend to a friend:
Yes
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Lulubelle on guard
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A dairy farm in Singapore? I found it hard to believe, but there is it, or rather, was. Originally, the naturalist Wallace wandered round here in the 1800s collecting species from the then dense forest. The Wallace Path is a delightful stroll through the subsequent forest that turns off to the left and does a circuit back to the dairy farm. It is well worth the detour as it represents the best in forest walks: narrow, natural paths-not motorway width walkways.

You can thank/blame/accuse Cold Storage for this fascinating anachronism. All that is left of this doomed venture are a couple of charming old farmer's cottages and the huge dairies. It is a shame they don't do up the cottages as well. Nonetheless the old dairies house exhibits and educational displays covering not just the history of the farm, but, perhaps far more importantly, the Wallace story with its focus on nature.

It is certainly a surprising place to find in a tropical forest. And the black and white moo cow that guards the front entrance (I wonder what her name is?) is great. Perhaps people should start to walk past her and rub her udder for luck. After all, milk, for better or worse, is an important part of our diet.

God help us all if milk drinkers start to turn to powder!
LT
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More parking please
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This park was very near to my house in Bukit Panjang and when the park first opened a few years back, I brought my children to have a morning walk there. As usual, there were not enough parking lots even though we were there quite early.

I always cannot understand why the park planning always overlook this important aspect. The parks are always not very accessible by public transport but yet, they do not cater for enough parking lots so how do they expect people to go to the parks.

Since I brought my children, I chose the less difficult path to follow. The path we followed actually led us to a quarry. It was a nice view but the day I went, there were too many people because the park just opened. We did not really enjoy the scenery because there were some people talking very loudly and disturbing the peace. If it had been more quiet and less crowded, it would have been so much more enjoyable.



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A real hiking experience
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Looking for something new to do during the weekends or holidays? I would strongly suggest a hike up Bukit Timah hill, whether you are a nature enthusiast or simply looking for new outdoor experiences.

When I visited the place a few years ago, the whole forest was still very untouched, although steps were already built and paths carved within the forest. With the opening of WELL, there has been a significant increase in the number of visitors, be it small kids or elderly. I would recommend starting your journey at WELL, to gain a deeper understanding of the history of our small rain forest before hiking up the hill.

I strongly advise you to bring enough water to keep yourself hydrated, but not too many bottles because it's senseless to hike with a heavy load. You can take a rest in the hut at the summit, and of course snap photographs of the rock which proves your conquest of the hill. The quarries are worth a visit as well, to marvel at the beauty of the clear water.

Take extreme caution when visiting the nature park after rainy days, because the slopes can get really slippery.

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Best part:
Nature
Recommend to a friend:
Yes
JW
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quarry
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I went to dairy farm with my School team for a climbing day trip. I had never seen a quarry before and neither have i thought that Singapore would allow me to have a climbing experience on a mountain-like area. well, a quarry is a substitute so it was fine by me.

We had to hike through the forests for a bit before reaching the quarry. Some of us complained about mosquito and all but i felt fine when i emerged!

What greeted us was a huge spread of orange quarry and a field of grass that covers the area. I never forgot that very first time i went to a quarry.

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O
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Me,myself and the cows
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One of the many places I would recommend for you to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, is Dairy farm Nature Park. It’s not frequently visited by many people and you can really get a great deal of calmness and quiet to relax that stressful day away.

While there may not be much sounds, the visuals are interesting enough for you to whip out your cameras for. There are numerous cow-statues (that roughly indicate the past and origins of the park) for you to pose with! As you don’t commonly get to visit the country life, getting a shot with these pseudo-cows would be sufficient for that historical collection of photos you might have.

Apart from the statues and exhibits, the compound itself is suitable for mini expeditions and camps- they have this natural uphill slope where you could also climb up ropes which simulated a kind of an obstacle course. Indeed, this place could fit those outward bound camps fine too. There are also shelters so you need not worry if it suddenly rains.

Getting there could be quite inaccessible- located near Bukit Timah , amidst the highway area. It really gives the impression that calling for a cab might be a bit difficult for non-experienced cabbies. Otherwise, you could simply charter a bus and visit the place as an official class excursion site!

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