Ceramic artist Ness Lockyer made the move to Launceston in the early 2000s, and has never looked back. Along with her husband, Mic, and their two sons, Declan and Mason, she lives in an early 1900s farmhouse on the Tamar River. “We have some of the original fruit trees on the property, alongside a full orchard, an exotics orchard and a berry orchard. Soon our lambs arrive and we also have a flock of Silkie bantam hens and a rooster called Geoffoir le Peck. He’s such a rockstar!”
Ness runs the ceramics brand Marley & Lockyer, and says she’s never had more professional opportunities than she has in Tasmania. “It’s all onwards and upwards from here. I couldn’t be more happy right now,” she says. “Our life has changed so much since our move to Tassie. We are a lot more relaxed than we were on the mainland; it’s such a contrast.” Click here to see a bespoke ceramic wreath Ness made for Our style magazine.
Here, Ness shares her ten favourite places to visit in her beloved, adopted hometown.
1. The Cataract Gorge
“Just follow the signs and you’ll come to this amazingly beautiful area (pictured in our feature image, above) with the local swimming hole, trail walks for all levels of fitness, a cafe, restaurant, chairlift, suspension bridge and play areas. The walks are stunning with the local peacock family joining you on your adventure. It’s amazing to think that all this beauty is right here in our lovely city.” launcestoncataractgorge.com.au
2. Hope & Me
“Lindi McMahon has recently moved her store across the mall to
a stunning larger space filled with everything on trend for home, body, baby and sleep. This is where I go for my tea, candles and room sprays… most things are Australian-made as well!” 18 Quadrant Mall, Launceston. (03) 6331 0166;
3. The Vintage Rose
Launceston stalwart The Vintage Rose (pictured below) has been selling beautiful antiques and homewares for over ten years now, and it just keeps getting better. Owner Amanda Skipper, a former fashion designer, is a well-known local figure, and will help you find that perfect piece you didn’t know you needed. 37 Tamar Street, Launceston. (03) 6331 6065.
“Owner Di Loone travels around Europe to bring back the most amazing linens, lighting and unusual decorator pieces. Ecoco is also a stockist of rugs and upstairs is a stunning Airbnb studio apartment, decorated in Di’s unique and gorgeous style.” 51 Balfour Street, Launceston. (03) 6331 6440;
5. Shots on Wax
“The atmosphere in here is wonderful and the coffee is always
on point. So good. They have amazing Buddha bowls and vegan meals, too.” 147 St John Street, Launceston. (03) 6331 5150;
6. Off Center
“This place is awesome. It used to be an old motorbike garage, but now it’s home to the best coffee house around, which is open Monday to Friday 8am to 2pm, and Wednesday evenings 6pm till late.” 2a Kingsway, Launceston. fb.com/offcenteroutward
7. Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market
“All of the best produce, meat, pork, chicken, seafood, coffee and breads grown and made locally, converge here every Saturday and, even if you’re not doing your weekly shop, it’s become a bit of a foodie haven with stalls from Manubread (the best almond croissants), Sandy’s Sourdough and cider makers.” 71 Cimitiere Street, Launceston. Every Saturday from 8.30am to 12.30pm.
8. Sushi Bonza
“If you’re after real, authentic Japanese sushi, then this is the place for you. It’s the only sushi we will eat in town… it’s that good. The shop is tucked away and you have to look for it. Trust me, it’s worth it!” Shop 16–17, Centerway Arcade, 17–19 Paterson Street, Launceston. (03) 6334 0358.
9. City Park
“Locally known as ‘Monkey Park’, here we have a lovely enclosure for a band of macaque monkeys. Sometimes there are babies to see too! Plus, there is a hot house with all manner of plants, a play area for the kids, a ‘train’ you can ride that does a lap of the stunning grounds, dotted with English trees, garden beds and little fountains. A cafe is also on hand.” Enter via Tamar Street, Launceston.
10. Den Boutique
“This store, run by Ree Smith and her cute little dog (pictured below), brings together a unique range of handmade items from around Australia at very affordable price points. It has a lovely atmosphere and you’re sure to always find great gifts in there.” 95 George Street, Launceston.