Embarking on a tour of Australia and New Zealand from the UK requires a long-haul flight, which can be quite tiring (it’s worth it though!) On top of this, you’re likely to have a layover, where you’ll find yourself waiting around for the next leg of your journey. However, with many flights to Australia and New Zealand transferring in the beautiful country of Singapore, why not take the opportunity to explore another amazing location?

If adding a stopover in Singapore to your trip sounds like a great idea, take a look at our top tips on how you can make the most of your time exploring the top attractions and sights to ensure your stopover is truly spectacular…


Hawker Stations

When travelling, discovering new delicious delicacies is one of the greatest things. However, as with any new city, finding the best spots can be difficult, so we recommend heading straight to Hawker Station. Here you will find a modern day food court with a vast range of authentic food, each one just as delightful as the next. To top it all off, the prices are low and portions are generous.


Sentosa is a stunning resort just 15 minutes from the main shopping centre. If you’d like to spend your stopover relaxing on a beautiful beach, there are many to choose from in Sentosa. If you want to explore some of Singapore’s natural beauty, seek out its nature reserves, or if you’re the more active type there’s a great golf course, a waterpark, a butterfly kingdom, skywalk and Segway adventures. There’s literally something for everyone!

Singapore Tour

Departing from the airport there are two free Singapore sightseeing tours, which are about 2 hours long. The first tour is the Heritage Tour, where you will be transported on an air-conditioned bus around the city learning about the history and culture. There is a break at the famous Merlion Park where you can take pictures on the iconic Merlion and Marina Bay Sands. The second is the City Lights Tour, which runs in the evenings between 6:30 – 8:30pm and takes you on a journey that shares the city’s most stunning views. The tour comes to an end at the Raffle’s hotel which is renowned for its tasty beverage; the Singapore Sling. Find out more about the free tours of Singapore here.

Marina Bay Sands

If you love incredible architecture, then Marina Bay Sands is a must-visit. With its unique buildings and unbelievable views from the observation deck, you will be in awe at the spectacular landscapes on offer. On top of the breath-taking views, there is a casino, shops, an infinity pool and much more, meaning you won’t have a problem filling up your day – in fact you probably won’t want to leave!

Orchard Road

One of the best places to visit in Singapore to satisfy any lavish shopping needs is Orchard Road. With stunning shop displays and a wide range of high-end designer shops, this luxurious area provides the perfect opportunity to treat yourself on your stopover.

So if you’re planning to take a tour of Australia or New Zealand, why not make the most of your journey to the other side of the world by adding another amazing destination to your itinerary? While we have selected a combination of the best and most convenient things to do on a stopover in Singapore, there are many more fantastic tourist attractions to discover and this fabulous city won’t disappoint.

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