To help you plan a cracking day out in this scenic park, here’s our guide on top things to do in Coney Island and its Punggol surrounds
In our spare time, we love a good old outdoorsy day of leisurely cycling and picnics in Singapore’s gorgeous parks. Coney Island’s one of our favourites; the rustic green space is home to hidden white sand beaches and untouched trails. We rented a couple of bikes, and took a trip around the park and its lovely Punggol surrounds. Tip: As the location is a little isolated, plan to at least spend half a day at Coney Island to make the most of your day! PS: If you’re looking for a real adrenaline-pumping adventure, hit the hilly trails of Pulau Ubin on a mountain bike.
Coney Island: top things to do
The park’s rustic terrain makes cycling here bumpy at times, but rest assured that it will be a breezy and enjoyable experience. Cycle along the 2.4km main path or follow the signs to navigate your way to the beaches. If you’ve got an adventurous streak, you may very well find yourself veering off the beaten tracks – literally!
Take a photo at the famous Coney Island Gate
Located at the East and West entrance of Coney Island are these iconic gates (which you’ve probably seen on your feed at least a dozen times). Pose away for Instagram before a full day of cycling and exploration kicks off.
Spot the wildlife
Butterflies, birds and squirrels make Coney Island their home, but keep your eyes peeled for the cow (actually a Brahman Bull!). If you do cross its path, don’t touch it or make loud noises to provoke it to stay on the safe side…
With over 80 species of birds on the island, it’s not hard to spot them busy at work in their natural habitat. Spot the resident male Baya Weaver as it weaves large and intricate nests from flowering Acacia trees and listen up for the oriental magpie-robin’s songs from the forests. Simply wait around at the bird-watching spot and be patient.
Hit the obstacle course at the Casuarina Exploration Playground
Constructed out of uprooted (and recycled) casuarina trees, this all-natural playground will delight with its mini obstacle course. Keep your balance across a wooden bridge, jump over stepping stones and race as you climb over log fences.
Hang out at the beach
While cycling on the main path, look out for signs that’ll direct you to five beach areas. While these areas don’t offer pristine shores and azure waters, they will provide a nice seaside break after sweating it out on the bikes. Our writer Delfina recommends beach areas C and E for quieter spots.
Follow the boardwalk
Look out for the boardwalk that leads to a mangrove forest near Beach Area C. Following these paths will lead you to the most scenic, Insta-worthy looking clusters of trees, and the edges of Coney Island.
Explore Punggol Waterway Park
If you’ve still got time to explore the neighbouring areas on your bicycle, head down to Punggol Waterway Park and relax by the tracks or spot the famous winged residents like the White-Throated Kingfisher and Black-Naped Oriole.
Hang out in Punggol Point Park
End the day at Punggol Point Park, where you can relax by the jetty, and say hi to a turtle or two in the pond.
Plan your day out
Best time to visit
Head there in the morning, or late evenings to avoid the blistering sun. Though the park is mostly shaded by huge trees, areas outside the park and at Punggol Settlement are not.
What to bring
Pack sunscreen and insect repellent, as the park’s raw, untouched grounds may mean that certain areas are inhabited by sandflies. Better yet, dress in long pants if you’re planning on lingering by the beach pocket. It’s a no-brainer, but do bring along bottles of water to keep hydrated and homemade sandwiches to keep the munchies at bay.
Located off Singapore’s North East Coast, Coney Island is about 30 minutes from the CBD.
By car: Drive down to Punggol Settlement, and either park your car there, or outside Coney Island’s exits in the West and East entrance.
By public transport: Take the train down to Punggol and head to the bus interchange (via exit C). Hop on bus 84 and alight at Punggol Road End. Walk over to Punggol Settlement, and simply follow the signs towards Coney Island.
Rent a bike
If you don’t have bikes of your own, head to Jomando Adventure & Recreations (located at the end of Punggol Settlement) where bikes of all sizes are available for the whole family. Choose from mountain bikes and vintage-style ones (the ones with the adorable picnic baskets), double bikes for you and your tiny, or kid’s bikes of different sizes. Alternatively, rent a bike for cheap with these bicycle-sharing services.
Jomando Adventure & Recreations, 3 Punggol Point Road, #01-13, The Punggol Settlement, Singapore 828694
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