The other week i was lucky enough to attend a tour of the Tank Stream for Time Out. It’s a tough tour to get on, they only happen every 6 months with thousands applying and only one hundred or so being chosen at random.
The Tank Stream is the reason Sydney was colonised where it was and the city built where it is today. Although white settlers first landed at Botany Bay, they couldn’t find any fresh water. So it was on discovering the Tank Stream they chose to settle there.
The stream began as a swamp near Hyde Park and flowed down what is now George Street into the harbour at Circular Quay.
These days the stream has been covered over and is little more than a storm water drain.
For more information and pictures see the story in Time Out Sydney.