Stroll through gorgeous Jurong Lake Gardens on this short but lovely hike. Take in the scenic lake, fun boardwalks, grassy lawns, and views over the water.
To get to Jurong Lake Gardens take the MRT to Lakeside MRT station, on the green East-West line. Head for Exit A.
Tips for Jurong Lake Gardens Hike
- Jurong Lake Gardens is open 24/7 and lit at night.
- The best time to visit is early in the morning or late in the afternoon when it’s cooler and the light is nicest.
- Take a sun hat, sunscreen and plenty of water along.
- Check out other hikes on our Singapore Hiking Page
From Exit A of Lakeside MRT station head across the green, left by Lakeside Drive and across the road into Jurong Lake Gardens. Once within the garden turn right into the central section of the park.
On the way down to the far end we stayed by the lakeside as much as possible. On the way back, we explored further inland so we didn’t miss anything.
Views over Jurong Lake
Shortly after you enter the garden, head left to the boardwalk sticking out into the lake. From here there are scenic views over the water to the flats on the other side. At the end of the boardwalk, continue walking by the side of the lake. Head up the steps to the raised walkway by the edge of the water.
You’re now at Passion Wave, where you can rent kayaks. There are several viewpoints overlooking the lake as the walkway continues around the building. From the far side you overlook the White Rainbow Bridge, a scenic crossing into the Chinese Garden section of the park.
Head down from the walkway and continue across into the Forest Ramble section of Jurong Lakeside Park. There are some adventure playgrounds for children on your right, and lovely views back to the White Rainbow Bridge on your left and the lake further on.
Continuing along, you’ll soon reach the bridge to the Japanese Gardens. Just after this bridge, take the dead-end trail to the water’s edge for some lovely views. Return to the bridge and head left and immediately left again. You’ll soon reach a fun stream crossing and a gravel path followed by another stream.
Shortly after the stream head left on the short dead-end trail. From there you’ll have great views of the lake and you can see fish and terrapins in the water. After admiring the scenery, head back and left to the windy boardwalk of Rasau Walk.
This section of the trail follows a fun boardwalk that winds in and out between the water and vegetation. It’s also lit nicely at nighttime. Over to the right you’ll see a grasslands area with mounds covered in long golden grass and an artsy bird hide. On the left are views over the lake.
After the end of Rasau Walk the trail heads inland to wind past some streams and wetter areas. Soon you’ll reach the Southern Promenade and the end of the park. Once there, have a little break before returning the way you came.
Camera for Beautiful Sunny Days
I’m a big fan of mirrorless cameras with replaceable lenses. I have a Sony NEX 6, which was one of the first mirrorless cameras from Sony back in 2013. Apart from the kit lens that came with the camera and a telezoom lens that I bought for safari, I bought some cheap second hand but high-quality old lenses from the analogue era from brands like Nikon. With an adapter* you can use these on mirrorless cameras, giving you top quality for cheap. My camera is getting old and I will replace it at some point buy a current model from Sony, like the Sony Alpha A6500:
Sony Alpha A6500 Mirrorless Camera on Amazon*.
Of course, cameras with replaceable lenses and advanced features are not for everyone. We have recently been using a Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II, which still has some good features and excellent low-light performance, but no replaceable lenses:
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II on Amazon*.
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This time, keep towards the side of the park further from the lake. Heading back, the grasslands area will now be on your right. Further along the way you’ll pass a log pile sculpture just before the Butterfly Field. Head still onwards and past the Ecopond before joining the outward route back to Lakeside MRT station not far away.
Want to walk through more of western Singapore? Check out our walking trails to Raffles Marina Lighthouse, around nearby Pandan Reservoir, or from Southern Ridges to West Coast Park. For other hiking ideas check out our Singapore Hiking page.
FAQs for Jurong Lake Gardens Hike
The park is open 24/7.
To walk from Lakeside MRT station to the end of the park and back again is about 7 km.
The lakeside park is great for walking, jogging, picnicking, cycling, kayaking or exercising on the grassy lawns.
Dogs are allowed on a lead in most of the park and off the lead in the park’s large dog run. The dog run is open 8.00am – 10.00pm.
To get to Jurong Lake Gardens take the MRT to Lakeside MRT station, on the green East-West line. This is the nearest MRT station. Head for Exit A and cross the green, turn left and cross the road into the lakeside gardens.
Yes, Jurong Park is a great place for a family picnic. There are several lawns with shady trees where you can sit and eat your food. Alternatively, head to Fusion Spoon cafe/restaurant, the only F&B outlet within the park.
Cycling is allowed on most paths within the park.