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May 5, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Sydney’s newest international hotel, The Tank Stream, is offering visitors the opportunity to combine contemporary comfort with a new two-night accommodation package that includes a historical discovery tour tracing the path of the city’s original life-source, the Tank Stream.

When the First Fleet arrived in 1788, it aimed to establish the colony at Botany Bay, but the lack of fresh water saw Captain Arthur Phillip move the fleet around to Sydney Cove, where they discovered a freshwater stream – and the city of Sydney was born.

The stream in those days was open, running from a swamp in Hyde Park, down through waterfalls across Bridge Street then out to what is now Circular Quay. Tanks were established to capture the water, leading to its name, the Tank Stream.

The Tank Stream is now fully covered, but a Tank Stream & Hidden Laneways tour – conducted by small-group tour specialists Go Local Tours – lets visitors retrace its path, covering the city’s infamous start as a penal colony, the beautiful sandstone architecture, and the colourful stories behind the laneways that lead from Martin Place down to Sydney Harbour.

The Winter Walk The Tank Stream package includes two nights in a Superior Queen Room at the Tank Stream Hotel, complimentary upgrade to next room type (subject to availability), breakfast for two at Le Petit Flot Restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room movies and mini bar items (non alcoholic), and a Tank Stream & Hidden Laneways Tour for two. The package is available from AUD 479 (double/twin), a saving of 25% off full rates.

The Tank Stream Hotel, which opened last year, is a former commercial office building converted into much needed new premium accommodation, in the heart of the Sydney CBD.

Edited by Peter Needham

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