Austin Heights Water and Adventure Park in Johor Bahru

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.  

So this time round, we checked out the Austin Heights Water and Adventure Park that bloggers like BPDG Travels and Seng Kang Babies have recommended.

As the name suggests, this theme park is located at Mount Austin which is about half an hour drive from Legoland and Doubletree 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.

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 mind it one bit as it looked pretty intimidating. 

Forest Adventure Rope Course

Aerial view of Austin Heights Water and Adventure Park


Our activity of choice – DRIFT KARTING. It’s Go-Karting where they upped the cool factor with drifting abilities.

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 instruction 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 reorientate yourself and get back on the track for more action.


Price for Drift Karting in Austin Heights

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 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 looked 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 looks high and I bet I’ll just scream my way down….

Austin Heights Water Park

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.

Ice skating rink next to the trampoline park

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 promises 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 also there during the school holidays and we even saw 3 other friends on this trip at different parts of JB.

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,
Johor, Malaysia
Website

 

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.

 

 

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Comments: 6

  1. Christy @ kidsrsimple.com March 28, 2017 at 11:10 am Reply

    So many activities!! I am going to KIV this! Can finish the activities within a day? You know what? I always google for your hotel stays in JB whenever we are planning for a short weekend getaway to JB! I have yet to book Doubletree although I read your good review several times mainly due to high prices for last min booking. Will try to book earlier next time!

    • Susan March 29, 2017 at 8:36 pm Reply

      I think the Water Park will easily take one day. We only spent a morning there as we did drift karting for 20 minutes and spent an hour at the trampoline park. Yes, I hope you like Doubletree Hotel as much as we do 🙂

  2. Madeline Heng March 29, 2017 at 11:15 am Reply

    Looks like fun! But I think I will kiv this until my boy is older =D

    • Susan March 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm Reply

      Yes, the kids will enjoy this more when they are slightly older. Have you brought him to Fanpekka at Aeon Tebrau City? Think he’ll like it there.

  3. SengkangBabies April 24, 2017 at 11:04 pm Reply

    My kids love the slide (Legoland waterpark too childish liao), and we can always find new food (and cakes coffees) around Austin 🙂

    cheers, Andy
    (SengkangBabies.com)

    • Susan April 27, 2017 at 8:27 am Reply

      Have yet to check out the cafes around there but they sure look interesting.

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