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In a Cinema Near You March 2017

Where in the world is Corrigan? The fictional town in the world of Jasper Jones, is not a place found on any map. But take a journey into Western Australia’s spectacular Southern Forests, and tucked away in a picturesque valley between towering trees, you’ll find where the story of Jasper Jones was magically brought to life for the big screen. Pemberton.

It’s here, in this pretty town with a fascinating timber heritage, that you will see many of the buildings that feature in the movie, as well as other sites of interest. Retrace the steps of Charlie Bucktin and friends by walking through town. Stop for a photo at the Pemberton Mill Hall, Pemberton Community Resource Centre and Pemberton RSL Memorial Library – all feature in the film. Admire the timber mill cottages that serve as the homes of the characters in the movie. And finally, venture out of town to take in the beauty of the surrounding national parks. Autumn is perfect for hiking and four wheel driving, Winter for viewing the cascades and waterfalls and snuggling up by a wood fire, Spring for an explosion of spectacular wild orchids and Summer to swim in the town's natural Pemberton Pool and explore the nearby rugged coastline of Northcliffe and Windy Harbour.

On the set of Jasper Jones
Retrace their steps in Pemberton town

Jasper Jones Film

Jasper Jones is the story of Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14 living in a small town in Western Australia. In the dead of night during the scorching summer of 1969, Charlie is startled when he is woken by local mixed-race outcast Jasper Jones outside his window. Jasper leads him deep into the forest and shows him something that will change his life forever, setting them both on a dangerous journey to solve a mystery that will consume the entire community.

The movie is adapted from Craig Silvey’s bestselling Australian novel, directed by Rachel Perkins and features a stellar cast including Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving, Levi Miller, Angourie Rice, Dan Wyllie and Aaron McGrath. It is distributed by Madman Entertainment. For more information, visit www.jasperjonesfilm.com.

"Choosing Pemberton to portray the fictional town of Corrigan was an easy choice for the filmmakers. Since its construction, the town has remained almost untouched. Its original and unique timber houses, built between the 1920s and the 1950s still stand today. As such there were a number of streets that look exactly like they did in the 1960s. It’s quite magical. It’s a very particular, almost Twain-esque setting, completely different to the usual fibro streetscape of that time in Australia. Pemberton was the perfect town for setting Jasper Jones – an authentic period setting with a warm and generous spirit from the locals."  - Jasper Jones producer Vincent Sheehan. Pictured below cast; Aaron McGrath, Levi Miller and Angourie Rice.

Aaron McGrath, Levi Miller and Angourie Rice
Toni Colette and Dan WyllieToni Colette and Dan Wyllie
Hugo Weaving Hugo Weaving


Things to see and do in Pemberton

#1.  Snap a selfie outside Jasper Jones filming locations such as the Pemberton Mill Hall, Pemberton Community Resource Centre and Pemberton RSL Memorial Library.

#2.  Explore Pemberton and its beautiful terrain on two wheels just like the young residents of Corrigan. A cycling destination, the town is a stop on the 1000 kilometre off-road Munda Biddi Trail, home to the Pemberton Mountain Bike Park, and is the scene of the Pemberton Classic each March.

#3.  Climb the Gloucester, Dave Evans Bicentennial and Diamond trees, which were constructed in the 1930s and 1940s for the purpose of spotting fires in the karri forest. At 75 metres, the Dave Evans Bicentennial is the tallest of the climbing trees and former fire lookouts, offering spectacular 360 degree views.

Bicentennial Tree, Image by Elements Margaret River

#4.  Visit the Pemberton Pool, located a short walk or drive from the Pemberton Visitor Centre, and enjoy a leisurely picnic featuring delicious locally-grown produce or snack on a takeaway from one of the local cafes while relaxing under the trees.

#5.  Get off the beaten path and go four-wheel driving on the amazing Yeagarup mobile inland sand dunes. You’ll be awed at the landscape.

Yeagarup Dunes, image by Elements Margaret River

#6.  Sample your way through Pemberton by visiting local vineyards, many of which offer cellar door tastings and house beautiful restaurants serving fresh, local, gourmet food.

Pemberton Winery

#7.  Take the Karri Forest Explorer Drive, an 86 kilometre self-guided drive through the heart of karri country. The trail takes in the beautiful Beedelup Falls (pictured below by David Ashley), as well as Big Brook Dam and Arboretum.

Beedelup Falls by David Ashley

#8.  Enjoy an adventure in the great outdoors by canoeing in a river or lake, fishing for trout, or walking a section of the Bibbulmun Track.

#9.  Get to know Pemberton’s history by visiting the Pemberton Hydro-Energy Station. The station is a working replica of the original facility that provided electricity for Pemberton from the 1930s to the 1950s.

#10.  Take a walk around the Pemberton Timber Mill Workers’ Cottage Precinct, which is on the State Register of Heritage Places. These striking houses can be found on Brockman, Broadway, Dean, Kelly and Pine streets, as well as Karri Rise.


More about Pemberton

Check out the Southern Forests and Pemberton pages on our website and for more information visit www.pembertonvisitor.com.au, phone 08 9776 1133 or call into the Pemberton Visitor Centre on Brockman Street, Pemberton.

To learn more about the wider South West region, see our home page for top stories.

You can also download this information as a printable brochure produced by the South West Development Commission and partners.

Levi Miller and Aaron McGrath
Jasper Jones Brochure Partners

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