Eight Must-see Spots in Lakeside Garden
Opened in late April this year, Lakeside Garden is part of Jurong Lake Gardens, Singapore’s first national gardens in the heartlands. A people’s garden, the design of Jurong Lake Gardens came about after much feedback and after extensive consultations with the community.
The 53-hectare Lakeside Garden was developed with a strong emphasis on nature, community and play, and is primed to be the perfect place for the community to gather, enjoy nature, bond and create shared memories!
Here are eight locations in Lakeside Garden, some already Instagram hot spots and others lesser-known nodes, for you to soak in the views and perhaps capture aesthetic shots of yourself and your family and friends, for all your social media needs!
1. The Canyon(Gabion Wall)
Bye-bye brick wall, hello Gabion Wall! Unlike normal brick walls, the Canyon is a gabion wall which was constructed from the various sized reddish-orange laterite rocks that came from the large boulders excavated from the site during the garden’s development. And if you don’t know, ‘gabion’ refers specifically to a basket or container used in engineering works to hold earth or stones.
The wall provides support for the trees behind it and acts as a natural platform for other plants to grow on. Given the beautiful contrast of greenery and the bright red-orange stones, the wall is also the perfect rustic background for your next Instagram shot! Check out the Canyon on the path towards Clusia Cove from the North Carpark.
2. Lone Tree
Contrary to what it looks like at the first glance, the Lone Tree is not an actual tree! It is a sculpture made from recycled iron reinforcement bars salvaged from the old park’s path, an inspired way of reusing materials and an ode to the industrial origins of Jurong.
Close-up view of The Lone Tree’s trunk
Photo credit: Wong Yeang Cherng
The sculpture forms a focal point that punctuates the expanse of the Grasslands. Its branches offer an unobstructed view of its surroundings, making it an ideal perch for raptors such as the Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus). It is also an ideal photo spot to vogue it out with your friends and create a photo series with mystical and ethereal vibes. Look for the Lone Tree in the Grasslands, a stone’s throw away from the South Carpark. You can’t miss it!
3. Grass Mounds
There are multiple vantage points to be found in the Grasslands, and these mounds have quickly become a popular picnic spot. After your meal, be sure to whip out your phone as the mounds are also gorgeous sites for your Instagram photos, providing the varied heights that make for the most interesting shots. Play around with your camera angles to capture extra cool images here!
Like the Lone Tree, you can find the Grass Mounds in the Grasslands, close to the South Carpark.
4. Rasau Walk
Explore Rasau Walk in the afternoon sun.
Stunning view of the Jurong Lake from the 300m-long Rasau Walk.
Rasau Walk sits above a restored freshwater swamp habitat situated along the edge of Jurong Lake. It is a 300 m-long meandering boardwalk, enabling you to get closer to the lake as it curves out onto the water multiple times. There are more than 50 species of plants to be found here, so keep your eyes peeled.
This area is named after Rasau, which are plants often found in a freshwater swamp habitat. The walk meanders through clusters of Nibong Palm (Oncosperma tigillarium), Sealing Wax Palm (Cyrtostachys renda), and Rasau plants. The colour of the boardwalk is made to be a striking reddish-brown on purpose, to reflect the colour of the laterite boulders excavated from the Jurong Lake Gardens development site. Be it daytime or in the evening, this is definitely a spot not to be missed, particularly for the beautiful views it offers all round the clock.
Here’s a spot less known to most people! The Southern Promenade is a rustic and tranquil 8-hectare area that has been conserved as a key habitat for wildlife and is perfect for nature-lovers looking for a quiet spot.
It is populated with mature Banyan, Yellow Flame and Rain Trees that provide homes for native birds such as the Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala), Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) and Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris). Allow yourself to be transported to a forest by enveloping yourself in the lush greenery.
The Southern Promenade, as its name implies, is sited at the southern-most end of Lakeside Garden.
6. Viewing Decks
Viewing decks found closest to Lakeside MRT Station.
Rest and relax and catch a moment to centre yourself on the deck.
Tired after all that walking? Lakeside Garden is filled with viewing decks for visitors to sit on to relax and unwind. Alongside the path from the entrance nearest to Lakeside MRT Station towards Clusia Cove, by the banks of the Eco-pond and around Heron Island – these are just some of the places where these decks can be found.
From a therapeutic yoga session to a picnic get-together, you can enjoy various activities alone or with friends and family, all with a great view.
In addition to the stunning views it presents, the Eco-pond also simulates a wetland ecosystem. As water flows downstream from the water playground in Clusia Cove, the substrate in the Eco-pond acts as a filter, trapping debris and promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria that break down harmful chemicals. The plants growing here act as sponges, soaking up excess minerals in the water.
The Eco-pond is also the perfect backdrop for the Fusion Spoon eatery, one of the F&B places you can grab a meal within Lakeside Garden. Search for the Eco-pond next to Clusia Cove and within a short distance from PAssion WaVe
8. Neram Streams
The Neram Streams is a 1.3 km-long series of beautiful naturalised waterways which was originally a 300 m-long concrete drain. The banks of the streams are planted with tree species commonly found in tropical riverine forests like Dillenia, Syzygium, Diospyros, Saraca and Barringtonia, which are native to the region.
They channel stormwater runoff from the surrounding gardens and it is cleansed by plantings in the streams and eventually flows into Jurong Lake, one of Singapore’s 17 reservoirs. You can join guided walks along the trail to learn about the area’s rich biodiversity and to get closer to the shallow waters of the streams.
Neram Streams can be found south of Rasau Walk, just behind the Oval that is located next to the South Carpark.
Visiting Lakeside Garden
Make your way to Singapore’s west side, particularly to Lakeside Garden to catch these eight spots. Learn how to get there here.
Lakeside Garden is open 24 hours daily and admission is free. There are certain areas within the garden that are dimly lit and/or are closed from 7 pm to 7 am.
Text and photos by Nur Hafizah
About the writer and photographer
Nur Hafizah is a Third Year Mass Communications student of Nanyang Technological University (NTU). She worked in the Communications and Community Engagement (CCE) division of NParks, as part of her school’s six-month professional internship programme. During her time in NParks, she wrote and edited articles for My Green Space, contributed to the creation of social media posts and video content, and assisted in the photo taking for media materials for events such as the Forest Restoration Action Plan at Bukit Timah and Central Catchment Nature Reserves and the opening of Raintree Cove at East Coast Park.
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