In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks
— John Muir, Naturalist

Profound words, as relevant today as they were when they were written in the early twentieth century.

Awaken Tours was created to give people a break from the usual, and get out in nature, in a relaxing and unrushed day trip.

The Dandenong Ranges provides a beautiful setting for this , with it's majestic eucalyptus and fern tree forest.

It is also the setting for a very unique and special place called the William Ricketts Sanctuary, where sculptures of Aboriginal people are embedded in the forest.

The sculptures tell the story of Aboriginal culture and spirituality, and invite us to look within.

In recent times, and as a result of enquiries from customers, private and fully customisable tours are also available.

Some of the destinations that have been popular include Dandenong Ranges, Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and Daylesford.

Since it's a small group tour, it's easy to put together a daytrip for any destination that's within 2 hours of Mebourne city.


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" I created Awaken Tours to give people time away from the usual and into nature.

The idea was to share my love for nature and appreciation for Indigenous culture, and create a relaxing day tour out of it.

The business was designed to be a lifestyle business that revolved around my wife and daughter, and give me flexibility.

It has evolved nicely over the past 2 years and in addition to the usual Dandenong Ranges tour, I'm doing customised, private tours to different places around Melbourne and Victoria.

It has been enriching to meet people from all walks of life around the world, and share a brief moment in time with them.

In the picture, there is myself with my littlest tourist, my daughter Ria. "

Jay Aggarwal, Founder and tour guide.