Southern Ridges – Henderson Waves

View from Mount Faber

Our original plan didn’t include a trip to Henderson Waves of the Southern Ridges actually. The weather forecast for the day was supposed to be cloudy/raining. However on that day, the weather was kind to us and hence we shortened our trip to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple so that we have some time to visit the Henderson Waves. You can read about our mini adventure at the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple (Chinatown) here.Henderson Waves is situated at Mount Faber and parking is a big problem there; Many cars actually had to illegally park their cars by the side of the road and we, too, parked at the bus bays. It was until later that we realized there is actually a decent car park further down the road – after The Jewel Box. Regardless of where do you park, be prepared to walk a lot of uphill. For those drivers with passengers, you may want to drop off your passengers at the destination (The Jewel Box or Henderson Waves) first before parking your car.

Our first stop at Mount Faber was The Jewel Box, which is basically a cluster of restaurants, as I have always wanted to dine in The Jewel Box. I have heard so much about its nice view and ambience that I must make the trip. While the adults were sipping their cup of coffee and enjoying the scenery, the kids could amuse themselves with the feeding of the koi. 😉

The Jewel Box at Mount Faber

Looking at how much the kids enjoyed themselves with just a packet of food for the fishes reminds me of the simple joys in life…

Hungry koi fish …

When my girl was done with the feeding, we moved on to our next stop – Henderson Waves. From The Jewel Box, turn left and you will see a traffic junction after a short walk. Turn right at that junction and follow the path to reach Henderson Waves on the right.

Taking a break …

A beautiful bird was spotted in a nearby bush

Finally, we made it to the Henderson Waves

After fifteen minutes, we finally reached Henderson Waves and to my surprise, there were actually quite a lot of people having picnics at the bridge itself. It was kinda weird to have picnic on a bridge, isn’t it? Anyway, it was getting rather late and we quickly took some photographs and had to hurry back home. Below are some shots taken at the bridge.

Another angle of Henderson Wave

Just when we were about to leave that place, we saw a group of Chinese tourists doing a mass jump at the bridge. Clarissa was very amused by them as I guess she probably didn’t know why did they have to jump. But it did give her some inspiration to do some dancing. See the photographs below … 😉

A Group of Tourists

Henderson Wave is fun. I will be back!

You can read my other blog entries on The Southern Ridges here.

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Southern Ridges

Map of The Southern Ridges

One could probably cannot imagine the blessing of having greenery in his living environment. Many a time, we take these simple things for granted. But for a small and populous country such as Singapore, every available flat land is used for high rise buildings. You see concrete structures everywhere and it’s really a bonus to be able to get close to Mother Nature. The Southern Ridges, in my opinion, is a wonderful project by the Singapore government to blend nature with modern structures.

The Southern Ridges is actually a 9 km nature trail stretching from Mount Faber to Kent Ridge Park. Along the way, there are numerous panoramic view points of the city, especially at Mount Faber and Henderson Waves.

Here’s a list of attractions* at Southern Ridges, from Mount Faber to Kent Ridge Park, and the links to the respective blog entries.

  • Marang Trail
    • Embark on this walk of steps and shaded footpaths that pave the way to beautiful sights and sounds of the secondary forest. Do note that the Marang Trail covers an elevation of 70 metres (or the equivalent of a 24-storey building) if you start from Marang Road. This trail may not be suitable for young children, the elderly and the less fit. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of nature as you jog or walk on this trail. Listen out for loud chirping sounds of cicadas that break the silence of the forest. At the top of the Trail is the Jewel Box. Chill out with a beer or have an ice cream as you enjoy a panoramic view of the harbour and southern islands. The Marang Trail is deliberately unlit after dark to minimize disturbance to nocturnal life in the forest. Do bring along a torch and take extra precautions if you wish to walk on this trail after dark.
    • Difficulty level: moderate to challenging
      Distance: 0.8km
      Walking time: 15 min
  • Faber Walk 
    • Faber Walk, of which many parts are sheltered, meanders through Mount Faber Park and ends at the start of Henderson Waves. The slopes of this 56-hectare park are covered by dense secondary rain forest, and are home to an amazing array of flora and fauna. The trail, which takes you on a loop around the peak of Mount Faber Hill, offers spectacular views of the southern part of Singapore and the Southern Islands. You can catch sight of passing ocean liners and cruise ships in the far distance. At night, the park is one of the more popular romantic spots on the island. Join several couples and families in enjoying breathtaking sights of the city’s twinkling lights.
    • Difficulty level: easy
      Distance: 0.8km
      Walking Time: 15 mins
  • Henderson Waves
    • Admire the beautiful skyline as you stroll across this 274 metre-long pedestrian bridge that spans Henderson Road to connect Mount Faber Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park. At 36m above Henderson Road, Henderson Waves is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore. The bridge is also worth visiting for its artistic, distinctive wave-like structure consisting of a series of undulating curved “ribs”. These “ribs” also double up as alcoves providing shelter to the public. Joggers, couples and families with children are a common sight on Henderson Waves during weekends. The bridge has also become a popular photography location in recent months for wedding couples posing against the scenic skyline. The bridge takes on a different look at night, with the wave-form illuminated with attractive LED light from 7pm to 2am daily.
    • Distance: 0.3 km
      Difficulty level: easy
      Walking Time: 5 mins
    • Read more about it here.
  • Hilltop Walk
    • Hilltop Walk runs through Telok Blangah Hill Park. This park was once a gathering place for trading communities that thrived in the area in the early nineteenth century. Make your way to the Terrace Garden at the top of the park and stop for a moment to enjoy a stunning 360-degree view of Singapore and the decks of bougainvillea at the Garden.
    • Distance: 1km
      Walking time: 15 min
      Difficulty level:
      Hilltop Walk in Telok Blangah Hill Park (easy)
      Terrace Garden (moderate, long flights of stairs)
  • Forest Walk
    • The Forest Walk meanders through some 50 metres through the secondary forest of Telok Blangah Hill and connects to Alexandra Arch. There are two trails on the Forest Walk (just cross over from Carpark 3 to get on either trail) – the Elevated Walkway and the Earth trail. The Elevated Walkway, accessed by the metal bridge, offers you the experience of walking through the secondary forest of Telok Blangah Hill at eye-level with the forest canopy. This is an excellent platform for spotting birds, dragonflies and butterflies. If you prefer a more rugged experience and hanker after a closer experience with wildlife in the area, embark on the Earth Trail. Steps have been built at some parts of the trail in view of the steep terrain. The dense secondary forest found here, the Adinandra Belukar, is home to Singapore’s rich biodiversity.
    • Distance: 1.3km
      Difficulty level: easy (Elevated walkway), moderate (Earth trail)
      Walking time: 20 min
  • Alexandra Arch
    • Conceptualised as a “Gateway to Nature”, Alexandra Arch links Hilltop Walk and Forest Walk. Walk on this 80m long bridge and admire its unique architecture – it looks like an opened leaf across Alexandra Road, with its curved deck intersecting an arch that is tilted at a 70-degree angle. Alexandra Arch is lit up by LED lights at night. The lights change colour at intervals from 7pm to 12am daily, displaying varying shades from the colour spectrum of dusk.
    • Distance: 0.08km
      Difficulty level: easy
      Walking time: 2 min
  • Floral Walk and HortPark
    • At the base of the bridge at Alexandra Arch lies Floral Walk, a hot spot for floral diversity with more than 100 species of flowering shrubs and trees. Beautiful scented flowers, trumpet-shaped flowers with crimson petals, stunning pink flowering clusters – these are some of the interesting blooms you can see here at Floral Walk. Stop here to take a few picturesque shots of flowering plants. This short trail forms the gateway to HortPark – The Gardening Hub, Southeast Asia’s first one-stop centre for gardening-related activities in a park setting. HortPark connects to Kent Ridge Park via the Canopy Walk.
    • Distance: 0.3km
      Difficulty level: easy
      Walking time: 5 min
  • Canopy Walk
    • The Canopy Walk at Kent Ridge Park offers you the experience of walking through a secondary forest at eye-level with the forest canopy. This is a 280-metre long boardwalk that links Kent Ridge Park to the museum “Reflections of Bukit Chandu”. Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy panoramic views on the Walk. Listen out for the sounds of birds and insects that break the silence of the park. Incidentally, Kent Ridge Park has the highest number and species of dragonflies recorded compared to other parks.
    • Distance: 0.3km
      Walking time: 5 min
      Difficulty level: easy

* Source : http://www.nparks.gov.sg/