SINGAPORE offers a tropical escape just a five-hour flight from Perth or eight to nine hours from Sydney and Melbourne. It’s also the perfect stopover on a long-haul flight to Europe.
Here’s the ideal long weekend itinerary to experience the best Singapore has to offer.
DAY 1: Friday – arrive in Singapore
- Evening: Gardens by the Bay
This “only in Singapore” attraction is set over 101 hectares in the heart of the city. The awe-inspiring space includes the Supertree Grove and two enclosed domes. Be sure to catch the Garden Rhapsody Sound & Light Show daily at 7.45pm and 8.45pm.
- Dinner: CHIJMES
Home to an array of shops, bars and restaurants, CHIJMES was a Catholic convent back in the 1800s. Enjoy a delicious late dinner at Coriander Leaf (contemporary Asian) or have a truly Singaporean experience at New Ubin Seafood.
- Nightcap: 28 HongKong St
One of Singapore's most famous bars (and a proud member of the World's 50 Best Bar list), 28 Hong Kong St knocks out some seriously amazing cocktails and legendary mac 'n' cheese balls.
DAY 2: Saturday
- Brunch: Mandarin Gallery
Visit this huge shopping duplex and check out Singaporean labels including Beyond the Vines, K.BLU Swim and Choo Yilin Jewellery. Enjoy a delicious brunch at Wild Honey, where the mouthwatering menu is inspired by signature breakfasts from around the world. All-time favourites include the European, Canadian and Sweet Morning.
- Afternoon: Neighbourhood hopping
Little India is a buzzing historic area that shows off the best of Singapore's Indian heritage. You can try on colourful saris, visit the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple and explore the mega 24-hour shopping paradise, Mustafa Centre.
Chill out along Haji Lane, a buzzing alley tucked away in Kampong Glam and enjoy a cold Tiger Beer at Blu Jaz Cafe. This Kampong Glam mainstay hosts everything from live music performances to DJ nights, pop-up cinema and comedy shows.
- Evening: Night Safari
Located right next door to the Singapore Zoo, this safari park for nocturnal animals (a world first) is best seen on wheels. Hop aboard the tram for a 40-minute up-close journey with lions, tigers, tapirs, deers and more. The zoo has just launched its Rainforest Lumina attraction - a 1km trail featuring interactive light and sound installations showcasing animals such as orangutans, pangolins and flying foxes.
DAY 3: Sunday
- Brunch: P.S. Cafe
Tucked away in the verdant serenity of Dempsey, the cafe offers the best in flavour and experience. Enjoy a delectable brunch and its peaceful bungalow interior. This local favourite has made a name for itself with its culinary repertoire and beautiful surroundings. Other popular P.S. Cafe locations include One Fullerton, Raffles City and Tiong Bahru.
- Afternoon: Tanjong Beach Club
The quieter beach on the island is Tanjong Beach, where you'll find white sand, light waves and Tanjong Beach Club (the place to be for fancy cocktails, live music and delicious food). Hint: bring swimmers!
Overnight flight back to Australia