From the main road, it is hard to see what lies inside Bukit Batok Nature Park. Instead, around the edge of the park, well-shaded pathways lead into Bukit Batok Nature Park, almost like mysterious lanes enticing visitors to step inside.
But there is nothing mysterious about Bukit Batok Nature Park. Instead, you will find it is a family-friendly park with varied facets to explore and experience.
Bukit Batok Nature Park
Bukit Batok Nature Park sits at the edge of Bukit Batok, close to Upper Bukit Timah Road. It is the sister park to Bukit Batok Town Park, more commonly known as Xiao Guilin or Little Guilin.
Just like Bukit Batok Town Park, Bukit Batok Nature Park has a quarry as its centrepiece. Unlike Bukit Batok Town Park, its quarry is a little more hidden.
Main Path and Children’s Playground
The easiest starting point for a foray into Bukit Batok Nature Park is from Bukit Batok East Ave 2. From here, a gently inclined paved road leads into the park. Following the straight road will lead you toward the red-and-white transmission tower which marks the top of the hill where the quarry can be found.
Along the way to the quarry, you will encounter an exercise area and children’s playground.
The exercise area has apparatus such as a balancing beam and miniature Jacob’s ladder that even kids can attempt. With a little guidance and support from parents, this can be great confidence-building exercise for the kids.
Just next to the exercise area is Bukit Batok Nature Park’s children’s playground. Bring along a bucket and shovel to for some sand play at this playground.
The main structure of the playground is a miniature tower with purple slides and a rope bridge. There are also climbing walls for kids to do their best impersonation of Spider-man. A metal climbing dome can also be found nearby.
READ MORE: Woodlands Waterfront: Sea, Land and Sky
Just beyond the playground are the tranquil waters of the quarry pond.
A plaza has been built for visitors to admire the view of the quarry. From the plaza, you can look up at the face of the quarry and the transmission tower high above.
To explore further, head off the paved road to the Forest Track. This brick path crisscrosses the forested areas of Bukit Batok Nature Park.
If you are up for an adventure, follow the signs pointing to Lookout Points 1 and 2. Follow the upward path and, lo and behold, you will find yourself looking down at the plaza below.
Also at the top of the hill is a historic World War Two site.
During the Battle of Singapore, the area around Bukit Timah was the scene of heavy fighting between the Japanese and the Allied forces. This hill was also significant as the Japanese Army had their headquarters at the nearby Ford Motor Company Factory.
After the British surrender, the Japanese had a shrine, Syonan Chureito, built to honour their war dead at the top of the hill. The Australian POWs, who were forced to build the shrine, were also allowed to build a memorial to their fallen as well.
When the war ended, the shrine was destroyed by the Japanese to prevent it from being desecrated by the returning Allies.
All that remains of the monument today are the 121 steps leading up to where the place the shrine once stood and two short pillars at the base of the stairs. A depiction of the shrine can be seen at the bronze marker at the foot of the stairs.
The red-and-white transmission tower now stands where the shrine once was.
Spot Nature at Bukit Batok Nature Park
While at Bukit Batok Nature Park, keep an eye out for the wildlife. You may come across birds such as the White-crested Laughing Thrush.
More common birds can be found in the park too.
One of the unusual features about the park are its signs. We’ve never noticed so many different signs in a single park before. These range from warnings about falling durians to instructions on where (not) to park.
See how many you can spot them on your visit to Bukit Batok Nature Park too!