Tank Stream Tours offer a rare peak into Sydney’s colonial past.

Ever wondered how Sydney’s colonial settlers got water? Take a journey under the city to Sydney’s Tank Stream. Walk along the land of the Gadigal people and explore the sixty metres of tunnel that date between 1789 and 1965.  When Captain Arthur Phillip arrived in Sydney he was searching for a place to call home. That’s when he spotted the fresh stream running through Circular Quay and decided to set-up camp. The stream became Sydney’s main water source for the next 40 years.

By 1826 villagers had stopped using the Tank Stream as a drinking water source. Eventually it was covered with sandstone blocks and the city built up over and around it. Today the stream lies underground. 

Tank Stream Tours offer a rare peak into Sydney’s colonial past. Tours are available twice a year in cooperation with Sydney Living Museums and are usually held around April and October or November. Tickets are only available by ballot.

To find out more visit: www.sydneylivingmuseums.com.au