During the recent March school holidays, we took a short trip to Johor Bahru and spent a good 4 days there. In our opinion, a hop over the causeway is a more economical holiday option than a local staycation, thanks to the strength of our currency. What’s not to like when you have more to eat, buy and spend 🙂
But the best part? There’s always somewhere new to explore in JB and this time we went to Mount Austin to check out, the still relatively new, Austin Heights Water and Adventure Park.
Austin Heights Water and Adventure Park, Johor Bahru
For most families going to JB with young kids, you may be familiar with Legoland and Sanrio Hello Kitty Town, The Little Big Club and Angry Bird Activity Park. Since Sophie is now 8 years old, these kiddy theme parks no longer give her an adrenaline kick and she even moans that they are SO CHILDISH.
As the name suggests, this theme park is located at Mount Austin which is about half an hour drive from Legoland and Doubletre by Hilton, where we stayed on this trip.
Besides the Water Park, Austin Heights also houses a Forest Adventure Rope Course, Trampoline Park, Ice Skating Rink and Drift Karting all conveniently under one roof. Since we already spent a day at the Legoland Water Park the day before, we gave the water park a skip this time.
Besides Sophie still doesn’t meet the height requirement of 120cm for the more thrilling rides, so we’ll just have to make another trip when she’s taller. The kids all skipped the forest adventure as they need to be at least 12 years old. Anyway I’m sure they didn’t it one bit as it looked pretty intimidating.
From time to time, they will have special promotions and this was the offer when we were there.
We were not keen on the ice skating since it was synthetic ice, very pathetic in my dear husband’s opinion because it’s just not the real thing. So we opted for 20 minutes of drift karting and IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!
After a brief instructions and a round of warm up, we were zooming off. As tempting as it looks to bump the person in front of you, you are not allowed to do that… though I might have done that accidentally a few time.
This was Sophie’s first attempt at go karting and she didn’t have any problems behind the wheels at all. In fact, she was so serious and intent on overtaking us that she was just focused on driving and perfecting her drift.
Whereas I on the other hand, swerved too quickly a couple of times and made a 360 degree spin not just once but twice! But it’s no biggie as you can easily re orientate yourself and get back on the track for more action.
After our 20 minutes of adrenaline pumping karting session ended, we proceeded upstairs to the trampoline park on level 3, Jump Street, for more fun! Ever since we brought Sophie to Amped Trampoline Park in River Valley, she’s been asking us to take her there again, so she’s was all ready to jump right in.
Even though we were there on a Sunday morning, there was hardly anyone! Entrance to the trampoline park is MYR28 for an hour. According to my friend who was also there with us, it’s unlimited play time for the same price on a weekday!
They have a few sections as you can see from the photo below, plus a foam pit on the other side that’s not captured in my photo, so this place is HUGE. The bonus was having it almost all to ourselves so we got to jump to our heart’s content without having to wait for our turn on the trampoline.
Since it’s pretty new, the trampoline park is pretty well maintained and clean. Throughout the one hour, we flipped, bounced, ran, jumped and I even attempted to do some silly stunts which I would never dare to do back home in Singapore, But of course, I fell glamorously all over the place, but thank God no one saw me.
Since hubby hurt his back the last time we went to the trampoline park, I had to remind him not to try anything funny and it’s really no joke to hurt your back at this age… Anyway I didn’t take many photos here because I didn’t want to miss out on the fun, so these photos will just have to suffice.
Since we didn’t make it to the water park, here’s a bird eye’s view of it from the trampoline park from level 3.
In case you’re wondering where’s everyone, it was raining that day which explains why it looks so empty. But according to friends who have been there, it’s pretty quiet even on weekends so I guess that means no waits needed for the different rides. That slide on the extreme right sure loos high and I bet I’ll just scream my way down….
The view of the ice skating rink next to the trampoline park. They have instructors as well who can give you a lesson or two on skating. Yipe, pretty empty too 🙂 Anytime Fitness is also slanted to open anytime soon. If you ask me, they should just incorporate a bowling alley and karaoke to cater to a wider group of customers.
Austin Heights is not to be missed if you”ve got slightly older kids who have outgrown Legoland and Angry Bird Activity Park. In fact kids 6 years and above will enjoy most of the activities here and it promised to give you a fun time with so many choices of activities under one roof.
I know that we’ll definitely be back for the water park once Sophie reaches the height limit, but meanwhile, the drift kart and trampoline park is good enough for us. What made it even more enjoyable was the company of friends who were were also there during the school holidays and we certainly saw more than 3 friends on this trip.
For those driving, there’s ample parking lots available with the open air carpark right in front and it’s free. Since we didn’t drive, we simply Uber and Grabbed our way around JB. Right beside Austin Heights is the Midori hotel and there are a few restaurants and cafe around there as well.
You can visit Austin Height’s website on ticket details for all their activities here.
Austin Heights Water & Adventure Park
No. 71, Jalan Austin Heights 8/1,
Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru,
If you’re heading to JB, don’t miss these posts where I share some of my shopping finds and places to go cafe hopping across the causeway as well.
- Singapore to JB in 5 minutes by the KTM Shuttle – Our best kept secret!
- Fun for kids in JB –Legoland Water Park, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
- Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Johor Bahru, Review
- Where else to stay in JB? Somerset Medini Nusajaya, Johor, Review
- Weekend getaway to Johor Bahru
- Cafe hopping in Johor Bahru
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