The setting for The Daughter’s Promise was inspired by the most magical little beach I know. Boat Harbour Beach on the north-west coast of Tasmania is jaw-droppingly beautiful, and the water is equally jaw-dropping in temperature. It is always freezing! I am always reminded when I dip my toes in the water there, that Tasmania is very close to Antarctica. So, whilst you can get very sunburned there in summer (I am pretty sure there is a big hole in the ozone layer right above that area) the weather is rarely hot enough to entice me to swim.
But walking along that beach to the rocky outcrop at the end where weedy treasures from the sea wash up with delightful regularity, is one of my favourite things to do. There are some stunning little shacks and cottages built right onto the beach front and one day I would love to take up residence and write a whole book there. The windy capes around Boat Harbour and Table Cape, (where there is a remarkable lighthouse similar to the one described in the book) are pristine and picturesque and I encourage anyone holidaying in Tasmania to take a detour… head to Stanley for a charming day trip in a fishing village and ride up ‘The Nut’ in a chair lift, call into the surf club at Boat Harbour Beach or check out the spectacular tulip farm at Table Cape in spring. It’s a largely unknown part of Tasmania, so you won’t be overrun with crowds.