Bored with running indoors on the treadmill? Here are two scenic alternatives at The State of Fun.
Let’s face it. Embarking on an active lifestyle can be tough – especially if you love the comfort of your beds and the warmth underneath your blankets.
If you're on of those that procrastinate crawling out of dreamland, what better motivation to get your legs moving and your heart thumping than the scenic treats and the beautiful nature and wildlife when pounding the pavement at Sentosa.
Exact routes and landmarks can be found in our “WALK | JOG | CYCLE” brochure.
WEST TRACK | 2.3 KM
Sentosa boasts two jogging tracks. One is the 2.3km-long West Track which runs from Beach Station, Siloso Beach, around Siloso Point and through the Coastal Trail. The other runs in the opposite direction, and up to Sentosa Cove.
Things to see:
Located at the foot of Mount Imbiah Nature Area, Siloso Spring is now a freshwater pond to support plants and wildlife such as fishes, dragonflies, squirrels and birds. The nearby Siloso Beach Resort has also creatively diverted part of the spring water to serve its irrigation needs.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, sharp-edged rocks were aplenty around the island. The Chinese believed these rocks were the Sea Dragon King's teeth and named the maritime gateway to Sentosa (then known as Pulau Blakang Mati) 'Long Ya Men' or 'Dragon's Teeth Gate'.
Sentosa’s coastal forests are one of a few that are left in Singapore. The forests are home to endangered plants like the Seashore Mangosteen and the Dracena Minyagi, which is the oldest tree species on Sentosa at 200 years old. The forests also support a variety of local wildlife, including bats, squirrels, snakes, birds and macaques.
Apart from coastal forests, you can also enjoy the island’s natural beaches with both sandy and rocky shores while on this route. During low tide, a wide variety of marine life including hard and soft corals, seagrass, seaweed, crabs, anemones, molluscs and fishes can be observed on the beaches.
Sentosa’s coastal shores are also popular pit stops for birds on their way to and from their homes, some of which are as far away as Siberia. The migratory season for birds typically begins in October and ends by the start of the following May. Keep an eye out for migratory visitors such as the Arctic Warbler and Common Sandpiper. Situated along the shores are totem poles, which were salvaged from the now-defunct Sentosa Ferry Terminal.
EAST TRACK | 4.4 KM
Longer, and definitely more challenging at 4.4km is the East Track, It runs from Beach Station, and along Palawan, Tanjong Beach, Allanbrooke Road, Woolrich Road, Mt Serapong, and around Sentosa Cove.
Things to see:
A family-friendly beach where many exciting activities are held throughout the year, Palawan Beach lies in the centre of the southern coast of the island. A famous suspension bridge located at the beach leads to a small islet off the coast, popularly known as the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia.
This hill used to be home to Fort Serapong, which was built in 1879 to protect the port of Singapore. Nicknamed Cement Hill, Fort Serapong was an extensive network of batteries, tunnels, redoubts, embankments, lookout posts and a reservoir.
Today, this area is part of Mount Serapong Nature Area, one of two gazetted nature areas on Sentosa. Spot Heritage Trees and birds like the Tiup Tiup, Silverback, Buffy Fish Owl, Hill Myna and more here.
Look out for this white colonial building along your way. It used to be the former Prisoner of War barracks during World War ll, known as Australia House. In 1977, it was converted into Apollo Hotel Singapore and then Beaufort International Hotel.
Before Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) occupied the building in 1997, it was used by Sentosa Golf Club as a clubhouse for its members. In 2014, SDC moved its office across the road and is now occupied by EtonHouse Sentosa.