June 30, 2012

Admiralty Park to Sembawang

The route would include Admiralty Park, Woodlands Waterfront and a trip to the SAF Yacht Club.

We started from Woodlands MRT Station walking in a northerly direction to Republic Polytechnic. The entrance to the Admiralty Park is next to the polytechnic.

Bridge Over Sungei Cina Admiralty Park
 Admiralty Park
The Admiralty Park lies in a NNW orientation bordered on the west by Riverside Road and Admiralty Road West. The lower third of the park consists of open parks with young saplings and shelters from rain and lightning. On the eastern side is a slope going uphill to the polytechnic sports complex. At the end of this region near the West Entrance is a carpark cum restaurant.

Johor Bahru skyline from Woodlands Waterfront
The upper two-third region consists of two trails on both sides of a river called Sungei Cina that leads to the Straits of Johore. One trail leads through a forested area. The other trail is more open and borders the stream. Both trails join near the North Entrance where we left the park. The atmosphere here is natural as the newly opened park made use of much of the existing vegetation such as the mangrove swamp and river. While walking through the more open trail one can appreciate the grandeur of the tall trees in the forest.

Jetty at Woodlands Waterfront

Woodlands Waterfront
We crossed Admiralty Road West and moved in the direction of Woodlands Waterfront. We could see Johor Bahru and the causeway with its stream of lorries awaiting custom clearance. The waters here are stagnant as there is no flow through on both sides of the causeway. There is a jetty for anglers to cast their rods and other visitors to enjoy the waterfront scenery.

Woodlands Waterfront also has a 1.5km long waterfront promenade, a park, and a large playground. We spent some time at the jetty and the park. After that we proceeded eastward along Admiralty Road West.

SAF Yacht Club
SAF Yacht Club
Admiralty Road West is bordered by many factories along the road. At the Sembawang Camp we turned left toward the SAF Yacht Club.

LNG tanker at Sembawang Shipyard
The club has an interesting history. It started in Telok Ayer Basin moved to Pulau Belakang Mati (now Sentosa), relocated to Seletar Air Base, and after a brief stay on the premises of Changi Sailing Club, the club moved to its present home in Sembawang Camp. It now owns a fleet of 270 crafts.

See Also: 
Woodcutter Trail
The Pipeline Trail
Woodlands Town to Bukit Panjang via Ulu Sembawang Park Connector

GPS Track

View Admiralty Park - Woodlands Waterfront in a larger map

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