I read on the papers the previous Saturday (19/09) that there is this Dairy Trail hidden away in the western part of Singapore. I find this is quite an adventure and sent to FP on it. We roughly arrange a day to check it out and it has been confirmed to be on the 26/09.
Based on the newspaper recommendations, we were to take bus 67 and alight at the bus stop on the map (just next to the Rail Mall). But FP mentioned it is better to take 966 and alight at Petir Road instead. Based on a quick analysis of the route map, the 966 journey is indeed better.
And so we are underway, we rendezvous at 1pm. Thereafter depart Eunos at 2pm, arriving at Petir Road at 2.25pm.
There is a prominent carpark to the north of the Dairy Trail route. You can't miss it as the surroundings are all trees.
The toilet along the route has a natural feel to it. It seamlessly integrate with its surroundings.
And so we begin our hike at 2.40pm. The weather is good and is also perfect for outdoor photo shoots.
Here is the map and the trail manners to observe. There are many 'No's but whatever. Basically we start from the northeast of the map, walk down towards the Wallace Education Centre, walk around the Wallace Trail and back up back to the northeast carpark, then we proceed west and south towards the Singapore Quarry. Finally we will exit at the point nearest to the railway track where the Rail Mall is.
We begin the route towards Wallace Education Centre. There is a 'No Entry' sign to the right, hopefully we are on the right path and will not get shot, chased by a dog, get stuck, etc (reference to Penang 9 - Malihom)
What is a cow doing here?
Some eerie looking murals.
The interior design of Wallace Education Centre is nice. It is airy with natural lightings. I didn't really read the texts placed around the centre and just move on.
A window that allow us to peer into another room (which is locked). There are some words written on it, try to read it if you can.
The Wallace Trail is some forest trail. FP told me that his russian colleague mentioned it is nice to spend 2 hours in a jungle once a while. And he remarked for Singaporean guys, it is also nice to spend 3 days 2 nights in a jungle. Here is a forest stream.
There are many multi-colour flowers around the place.
We left Wallace Trail and proceeded northwards, east and back on south. Along the way, I came upon this mega-leaf plant.
And tall canopy-shaped trees.
This might be of interest to my Penang friends who are into mountain biking. There are mountain biking trails all around the Dairy Trail (perfect mud road where bikers can zoom through the forested trails)
And we arrived at the Singapore Quarry at last. It is a beautiful and remarkable sight (considering we have been walking 1 hour 30mins non-stop through greenery).
There are pavilions where visitors can relax.
A closer up view of the cliff against the reflective quiet waters.
We left the Singapore Quarry / Dairy Trail at 4.20pm and took a shortcut out to the railway track. The first sight any visitor will notice is the black railway bridge. We climbed up the small incline towards the track.
Here is the black railway bridge. Very impressive and seems to be from an ancient era. The Malaysian government are better in preserving structures and buildings than Singapore.
The Rail Mall. There is a Cold Storage here where we can replenish our water supply. After 1 hour 40mins in the outdoor, liquid isotonic is what our body needs most.
There is a restaurant that shows "Doggie Style"
We took at bus 178 from the Rail Mall towards the science centre, it's a very fast journey and it took only 20mins. It's been more than 4 years since I last came to this area and 10 years since I visited the science centre.
A dinosaur will welcome you at the entrance, and also MacDonalds. I remember school children visiting the science centre will enjoy going to the MacDonalds. (notice Ronald trying to grab the T-Rex tail at the bottom left)
Fountains where kids can run around and get themselves wet.
From the science centre, we took a bus 197 towards Bugis. There is a market research I need to conduct there and we arrived around 7pm. The evening setting sun across the Singapore river (Clarke Quay) is very beautiful and I took a quick snap of it.