Penang's outdoor attractions
It might hold the title of world’s smallest natural park but don’t underestimate it as its two and a half thousand hectares contains a diverse collection of habitats. Lake, wetlands, mangroves, mudflats, coral reefs and turtle nesting beaches can all be found here. As featured in Time Out Penang's 50 things to do in Penang.
Penang Botanic Gardens, also known as the waterfall gardens, was established by the British in 1884 on an old granite quarry site. The garden was and still is a site for research and education; however, the garden is now more popular for recreational activities such as jogging, hiking or cycling. The waterfall on-site is privately owned although you can visit upon approval from the Penang Water Authority. Another way of visiting the waterfall is through organised monthly visits by ‘The Friends of the Penang Botanic Gardens’, a non-governmental organisation. As featured in Time Out Penang's 50 things to do in Penang.
Cool and nicely shaded on sunnier days, the Penang Municipal Park has plenty of outdoor facilities to keep your health in check. There are jungle gym and swing sets for the children as well as an extreme sports court, skating rink and shooting range for the physically active. There is also a graffiti park where young people can express themselves without causing damage.
Opened in 1984, this golf course is well known for its iconic hilltop views. Once a host for a Malaysian Open, the course has seen many great golfing moments and had many renowned golfers enjoy a game on this stunning 18-hole course.
Widely regarded as the island's major horse racing course, locals would conscientiously come and go for the annual weekend races. If you much rather spend the afternoon on a less competitive sport, equestarian facilities are available at the turf club or choose to strike a hold-in-one at the golf course.
There are two different courses to choose from at the Bukit Jawi Golf Resort: the Hill course and the Lake course, both of which have 18 holes. With longer fairways to hit, the Hill course is the one to choose if you’re a power golfer. With a bar, restaurant, Jacuzzi and swimming pool, there are plenty of ways to relax after a day of golf.