Sometimes, even a born and bred Queenslander has to leave the warm embrace of the Sunshine State.
And so it was that I found myself being winged away safely to Sydney by Virgin Blue.
It was time for my literary agent, Selwa Anthony's, Sassy conference. Both Selwa and Virgin Blue kindly sponsored my attendance, and I can't thank them enough.
It was a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of visit, so I didn't get a chance to see much of Sydney at all.
In fact, except for a childhood visit via caravan with my family - and that's a whole other story - I've only ever been to Sydney for work.
Sassy was held at the Swissotel Sydney, and they did a really good job of feeding us and making us feel welcome.
I missed out on the Selwa Anthony Event special prices, so had to upgrade to a room on one of the Executive Floors. I still managed to get a good deal via Swissotel's own website (they guarantee the best possible rate, and so it was).
My room was quiet, clean, and comfortable and I relished every moment of waking up in my king-sized bed alone. I just wish I could have brought a couple of those pillows home!
Then there was the Executive Club lounge. I was able to use their wi-fi, and work in comfort.
Breakfast and evening canapes were included and the staff were just lovely, without being over the top.
I loved my visit to Sydney, but next time I'd like to see a little more than the inside of my hotel!
A room with a view
View from my bathroom
The executive club lounge
My room had an ergonomic chair, internet access and office supplies.
So, when I eventually return to Sydney, what should I see first?