Kids will roar with delight at the Lion City, where there’s plenty of animal fun.
Only a short seven-hour flight from the Australian east coast and five from the west coast, Singapore is a city interwoven with old and new, and the perfect holiday destination for both young and old alike.
For the kids’ big introduction to the Lion City, what could be more appropriate than a Wild Breakfast in earshot of the lions at the award-winning Singapore Zoo.
Between roars, the interactive daily program offers visitors an opportunity to come face to face with a mischievous otter and an adorable orangutan, all while enjoying a sumptuous brekkie. A yellow reticulated python – the longest snake in the world – will awe both the brave and inquisitive as it unwinds for the new day.
Following breakfast, wind your way through 28-hectares of simulated ecosystems where more than 3000 mammals, birds and reptiles inhabit areas naturally enclosed by rock walls and moats. The Singapore Zoo aims to educate all ages on the importance of preserving wildlife, providing an arena to witness rare and endangered species.
If you have a flock of blossoming ornithologists in your family, the Jurong Bird Park offers an invitation to literally wake with the birds over a healthy buffet breakfast. Whether breakfasting at Flamingo Lake or strolling through Song Bird Terrace you can find over 8000 birds from 600 different species including pelicans, flamingos, macaws and cockatoos harmoniously inhabiting Southeast Asia’s largest bird park.
A collage of lush gardens and waterways, the Jurong Bird Park also features the tallest man-made waterfall and one of the largest collections of hornbills in the world. You may find yourself dodging raindrops at the Southeast Asian Birds Aviary where a thunderstorm is simulated daily or adjusting your eyes for viewing of owls and kiwis in the nocturnal house.
For an ocean playground and entertainment mecca wrapped all into one, look no further than the sandy stretches of Sentosa Island. Challenge the family to an afternoon on the flying trapeze, or see who can win the race on the Sentosa luge. Sentosa’s new cinema ride ‘Cineblast’ is also sure to get the heart racing as you are thrust into a 3D rollercoaster world.
Definitely one of the highlights during any trip to the Lion City is the Night Safari, a wildly imaginative experience inspired by the same creators of the nearby Singapore Zoo. A patchwork of eight geographical zones designed within 40 hectares of dense secondary forest exhibit reproductions of the Himalayan foothills, equatorial Africa and the Nepalese River Valley. Cape buffalo, striped hyenas, leopards and the one-horned rhinoceros can be viewed up-close across an unobtrusive moat under subtle lighting. Whether by tram or on foot, this after dark adventure is a thrill for all ages.
Visiting Singapore’s cultural quarters of Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam will provide hours of fun educational activity as the kids fossick through shop-houses hawking traditional wares, or are mesmerised by cultural delights including having your fortune told by a parrot in Little India.
Flights to Singapore from the east coast of Australia take about 7 ½ hours; from the west coast about five hours.
Always warm and humid, with average temperatures of 23° to 32° Celsius. The monsoon season is November to January.
Australian passport holders do not require a visa for visits under 90 days.