The century-deep relationship between the United States and Australia is far stronger than the personal connection between leaders, but a warmth there doesn't hurt.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison celebrated the long ties with Australia's closest ally ahead of jetting off to Washington DC where he will be feted by US President Donald Trump.
"We are an alliance partner that the United States knows they can rely on, a partner that pulls their weight in the alliance," he told parliament on Wednesday.
The US is pulling out all the stops for the visit, including Mr Trump hosting just his second state banquet in honour of a foreign leader in the three years of his term.
The leaders have met on a number of occasions in the year since Mr Morrison became prime minister and Mr Trump - well known for loving a winner - applauded his surprise election win when they dined together on the eve of the G20 in Japan in June.
"Of course, there is a good personal relationship between leaders, but it is far more than that," Mr Morrison said.
"This is a relationship that has been forged in the crucible of our collective action together over more than a century."
Strategic and economic cooperation are expected to be the twin strands of Mr Morrison's week-long trip, which will take him to Washington DC, Ohio, Chicago and New York.
Earlier, Mr Morrison said Australia never took the relationship for granted.
"I take it seriously and it is bigger than prime ministers and presidents, it's about our people, it's about our shared values," he told the Seven Network.
He also revealed he has a unique gift picked out for Mr Trump, but wouldn't say what it was.
Australian Associated Press