Orlando has become universally synonymous with Disney World, and rest assured the cartoon mouse pretty much dominates the area. Much of the financial success of the Orlando area can be attributed to the grossly unbalanced tourism industry in Orlando in comparison to other parts of the state. Disney obviously employees many performers and entertainers, and once the mouse ears come off, they contribute to the burgeouning Orlando entertainment scene. The Orlando Shakespeare Theater is a local favorite, offering all of the classics performed by a group of very talented actors. There is also Mama’s Comedy Show, which is set in a smaller venue and encourages audience participation. If you aren’t too shy that is probably worth a visit.

For nature lovers and thrill seekers, Central Florida is also home to Discovery Cove, where you can swim with the dolphins and relax on the lazy river, which features a waterfall and cave. If you’re looking for even more excitement, then try iFly Orlando; a wind tunnel that allows you to experience the exhilaration of jumping out of an aeroplane without actually jumping out of an aeroplane.

Any grown ups who visit Disneyland will be pleased to know there is one attraction they cannot miss: Around the World at Epcot Center. No expense has been spared in this recreation of different parts of the globe, the employees all hail from the different countries they are assigned, adding to the authenticity of the experience. Its no substitution for actual globe trotting, but once you enjoy a Bellini in Italy, a perfect, cool margarita in Mexico, and a glass of grower champagne in France, there’s a small chance you might forget you are in a Florida theme park.

Outside of the them parks, the dining scene in Orlando is mostly geared toward small town tourists, and there is a disproportionate number of chain restaurants compared to ones with local flair. There are a couple of exceptions that are worth the visit: Chatham’s Place has been around for many years, and still impresses the locals with it’s hospitality and uniqueness, and Café Tu Tu Tango is a fun restaurant with the recurring theme of “Food for the Starving Artist” and features art work from local painters and photographers on the wall, all of which are for sale.

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sydneySydney, located in New South Wales on the South-East coast of Australia, contains perhaps some of the best known landmarks in the entire world. Travelup reviews Sydney attractions and provides affordable holiday packages including flights and accommodation to allow holiday-makers to explore everything the city has to offer.

Bondi Beach is quite possibly the most famous stretch of sand in the entire world. A full kilometre long, the beach boasts golden sands and clear turquoise seas where at dawn the sun appears to rise right out of the water. Popular with surfers due to the amazing waves, there are hundreds of activities to be enjoyed both on the beach and in the water. The nearby Campbell Parade boasts some of the finest bars and restaurants in the area for times when baking in the glorious, almost year-round sunshine becomes just too much.

The Taronga Zoo gives visitors who don’t fancy trekking through the bush an opportunity to see some of the unique wildlife Australia has to offer within natural habitats. The zoo is famous for the first elephant birth ever in Australia in 2009, and thousands of visitors flock to the park every year just to see the calf Luk Chai. Visitors to the zoo can experience a Sky Safari which takes them over the top of the enclosures and deposits them within the Edwardian entrance pavilion. Taronga has strong conservation links and works hard to promote animal welfare both within the zoo itself and across the planet. For those more interested in flora than fauna there are the Royal Botanic Gardens nearby, with exquisite displays of both native and exotic plant-life and many open green spaces ideal for picnics.

Of course, no visit to Sydney would be complete without checking out the iconic Opera House, located within Sydney Harbour. The multi-purpose performing arts centre features four resident companies: the Australian Ballet, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Theatre Company and Opera Australia, who give regular performances throughout the year. On top of this many world-famous touring companies have played at the Opera House since it first opened in 1973. Visitors who are more interested in the soaring architecture can choose to simply view from outside or take advantage of the numerous cafes, bars, restaurants and retail outlets within the building, or take a guided tour including daily backstage admission to areas normally reserved for performers, cast and crew members.