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Top walk gets huge numbers of tourists

Cecilia AllenManjimup-Bridgetown Times

The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk has again been a major drawcard in December, beating the number of visitors from last year.

A “whopping” 9116 people visited in December, surpassing 2015’s figures of 9062 in the same week, according to Parks and Wildlife acting regional manager Brad Barton.

“This is a great result for us with 2023 visitors being welcomed on the biggest attendance day during the festive season, just a few short of the record in 2010,” he said.

“Visitor trends are different this year and while a large proportion of our visitors traditionally come from Perth during this period, a large part of them are travelling in big groups.”

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Walpole-Nornalup Visitor Centre manager Adele Brown said it was not uncommon for 600 to 800 people to visit the centre in one day inquiring about things to do and see in Walpole.

“The Tree Top Walk is fantastic for bringing people to the area,” she said.

“But we also find people stop into the centre to find out what other tourist attractions are around, like the Mandalay and the Mount Franklin Wilderness lookout.”

“People want more information on a plant or animal they’ve seen and things like that.”

Mr Barton said the Tree Top Walk summer holiday program was also proving a winner, with visitors participating in the new and established activities.

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