Fat-bike tours get green light

Nicola KalmarBroome Advertiser
Broome resident Lachlan Harris with a fat bike.
Camera IconBroome resident Lachlan Harris with a fat bike. Credit: Broome Advertiser

A Broome resident is on track to start operating fat-bike tours on Cable Beach this tourist season after officially receiving the green light.

Lachlan Harris was granted a five-year trading licence for his new venture, Broome Fat Bike Adventures, after Shire councillors approved his application subject to a range of conditions at last week’s ordinary council meeting.

Mr Harris is planning to conduct daily fat-bike tours along Cable Beach north of the rocks to Willie Creek from May, and hopes to operate all year round, subject to demand.

Each tour group will have a maximum of 10 participants, with tours initially being conducted in the hours leading up to sunset, with a duration of 1.5 to 2 hours.

Mr Harris is also planning to provide light refreshments to participants after each tour.

Subject to popularity, additional tours may be run in the morning from dawn onwards. Before council approval, Mr Harris was required to consult with and receive support from Nyamba Buru Yawuru, Department of Parks and Wildlife and Yawuru Park Council based on where he intends to run the tours.

Speaking to the Broome Advertiser, the resident said he was delighted with the outcome.

“It’s taken a little while but I’m happy to have got there with the help of the Shire, DPaW and Yawuru,” he said.

“I think the more options available to people that come to Broome, particularly activities-based tours, benefits the entire tourism industry up here.”

Mr Harris said he came up with the idea after finding a market niche.

“I saw a potential hole in the market that there was limited things to do on Cable Beach and that’s one of the main things people come to Broome to see, and seeing the popularity of fat bikes up here, I thought the two combined would be a good option,” he said.

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