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NSM Review: Humpback Whales 3D at IMAX Theatre Darling Harbour

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We recently sent the Horan family of St Ives on a trip into the city to see the latest IMAX offering, Humpback Whales 3D.

Always looking for something for the family (consisting of a boy aged seven and girl aged five) to do on a Sunday, we were keen to travel to the IMAX Theatre Darling Harbour to see the documentary about Humpback Whales in 3D. We parked the car at the local train station and travelled into the city on the train, then took a little bus trip as well.

The IMAX is conveniently located in Darling Harbour and access via public transport is easy. When we entered the lobby, it felt warm and comfortable, and there were seats and tables to linger at while we waited for our session. There was also a handy snack bar to top up on snacks and refreshments. Once we entered the theatre we got the feeling that something grand was about to happen, and so we found our way to our seats (that were very comfortable) and settled in to get ready for the movie to start. (All that was missing was a personal waiter!)

The movie was great – our kids had never seen a 3D movie before so they were really excited. The large screen made us feel very close to the whales and you can’t really get this feeling elsewhere. It’s definitely worth going back to the IMAX if you want fantastic 3D action.

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Our youngest loved wearing the 3D glasses!

The movie, narrated by Ewan McGregor, was filled with fascinating photography and facts. The kids especially liked learning how whale sounds were accidentally discovered and how Tonga, once a nation who hunted the humpback, now offers protection for these wonderful beasts.

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The screen filled up with majestic whales in 3D.

After the movie we ventured over to the nearby Darling Quarter Kids Playground and played in the park, enjoying the sand, slides, flying fox, ropes and the water park. You could easily spend the whole day here if you wanted. We then had lunch at Umi Sushi & Udon. Our kids loved the fact that they could choose what they wanted to eat off the moving self-service ‘train’. 

To finish our outing in the city, we visited Paddy’s Markets that are a short walk away from Darling Harbour. After wandering through the stalls we walked back through the city to the train station and caught the train home.

It was a great way to spend a lovely Sunday in Sydney.

Humpback Whales 3D runs for 45 minutes and is on at the IMAX Theatre Darling Harbour until Friday 8 April 2016. 

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