About 20 years ago, my parents bought a property on the NSW mid-north coast. So that's two entire decades I've been heading up the coast several times a year.
And in that time, not once – not once – had I stopped in to spend any considerable amount of time in Port Macquarie. I'd drive on by the exit, knowing I was just an hour from my intended destination.
Like a chump – I drove on by.
Because I didn't know then what I know now: that Port Macquarie is a quiet little overachiever in the NSW holiday stakes.
When I was up that way recently, my best friend and I decided we'd take a mini girls' trip and spend a night in the pretty coastal town. And I don't want to come on strong, but I... think I'm in love?
Watch: Horoscopes at the airport. Post continues below.
Port Macquarie (or "Port" as it's known to locals and also me, now) is an easy 4.5-or-thereabouts drive from Sydney. (It's also a cheeky hour on a plane from Sydney if you're in a hurry, and there are flights from Brisbane, Melbourne and, randomly, Lord Howe Island too).