Discover winding forest walkways, explore secret military tunnels and take in a sunset over the rocky coast at Singapore’s Labrador Park and Nature Reserve! See why this former military bastion is now a natural getaway in the heart of downtown Singapore.
Rocky Cliffs and Coast
For nature buffs and sea lovers alike, Labrador Park is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city sightseeing. Tucked away on the southwest tip of Singapore, the park is situated along a series of rocky sea cliffs – the only ones of their kind on the island that are open to the public! The cliffs rise 30 m above the beach and offer a spectacular viewing point for the harbor!
Low tide periods expose the coast and beach below the cliffs, which are a haven for interesting sea creatures, like Common Hairy Crabs, which often make appearances along Labrador Beach. At the far end of the beach lies the Labrador Park Jetty, where you can wander above the open water and check out the tropical corals, the last coral reef on Singapore Island.
Meandering along one of the many walking paths that wind through the Nature Reserve, you will unearth the plentiful assortment of exotic plant life that makes Singapore so special. You will be serenaded by the squawks and chirps of some 50 species of birds that live in the trees of Labrador Park, including several types of colorful parrots.
Beyond its beautiful flora and fauna, Labrador Park boasts a history of military intrigue. The British used its hills as a defensive fort during World War II. Believing that Labrador Beach was an easy target and fearing a sea invasion, they loaded the area with ammunition and cannons. Today, visitors encounter obsolete war relics and can explore the mysterious tunnels under the hills that once stored supplies! You can even take a guided tour of the tunnels to find out the real secrets behind this fascinating military fort!
Access to Labrador Park couldn’t be easier, as it is just a few minutes from downtown Singapore. The best way to get there is to hop on a bus from either Pasir Panjang Road (nos. 10, 30, 51, 143, 176) or Alexandra Road (nos. 61, 93, 97, 100, 166, 963) and walk along Labrador Villa Road until you reach the entrance to the Park.
Labrador Nature Reserve is open 24 hours, as is lit in the evening between 7 pm and midnight. Access to the jetty and rocky beach is available between 9 am – 8 pm, while the fort tunnels are open from 10 am – 7 pm. The last guided tour of the tunnels leaves at 6 pm each day.
Labrador Park and Nature Reserve is a fantastic place to cool off from the steamy Singapore sun, discover fascinating tropical flora and fauna, and learn about the area’s captivating military history. Locals and visitors alike should pack a picnic lunch, snap a few photos or bring along a yoga mat for some truly natural relaxation in this local paradise.