CURTIS CREST TREE TOP WALK
The Treetop Walk is a 13m HIGHEST PUBLIC viewing platform located on the plateau just above the Mid-Point Rest Area and Museum. Designed to handle up to 120 people at a time, it offers mesmerizing 360-degree views of Penang, including George Town, and serves as the highest public viewing point on the island. On a clear day the islands of Langkawi can be seen in the distance, and if you look just in front of you, Bel Retiro (the Governor of Penang’s mansion), can also be seen in all its splendour.
In the 1890’s this plateau was used as one of the first English tennis courts in Malaya by people holidaying on the hill. It was also used as a military parade ground by the East India Company in the early days of the settlement, and the troops stationed here kept watch for approaching enemy ships. On sighting one they would signal Fort Cornwallis in George Town far below so that they could warn the people and prepare for battle.
Sited on an old experimental garden set up by renowned botanist Charles Curtis back in the 18th century. Many plant species on Penang Hill are named after Charles Curtis, hence in respect of the historical signature, the attraction was named “Curtis Crest”. Native conifers, Dacrydium Elatum – planted during the early days of Charles Curtis, formed a natural oval shape that determined the walkway’s design. A metal mesh walkway running through the top canopy of the conifers was designed to eventually allow the conifers to envelop the walkway, giving visitors an intimate experience whilst allowing unobstructed views of the entire island at approximately 800 m above sea level. Like walking on a carpet of evergreen pine needles through pristine montane forest, the Curtis Crest experience is akin to climbing to the very top of a tree to gain “that” amazing view! Today this historic plateau is also an ideal spot for bespoke events such as weddings, dinner parties and picnics.