Townsville Recreational Boating Park
The Townsville Recreational Boating Park (TRBP) is the largest facility of its kind in Australia.
Located between Fifth and Seventh Avenues in South Townsville, Stage 1 of the facility is now open to the public, providing access to two of the four ramps (A and B), more than 200 CWT (car with trailer) parks, a large pedestrian jetty to fish from, an amenities building, a sheltered park area, BBQs and covered playground facilities.
Works on Stage 2 are now complete with an additional 113 car-with-trailer bays, wash down areas, two more four-lane ramps (C and D), CCTV cameras, extra lighting, landscaping and irrigation and a 30m pontoon as well as a 50m all-ability accessible pontoon among the new features.
The Seventh Avenue access has also been upgraded from Boundary Street to the boating park with new kerb and channel, pavements, footpaths, irrigation and landscaping.
This $25 million initiative is a sheltered, all-tide facility accessible for people with all abilities and access to ramps for boats with a mast height of less than six metres. The construction is being delivered by council with local company Civil Plus Constructions employed to build the main stormwater outlet.
The recreational boating park has been the result of a partnership between the Townsville City Council, the Queensland Government and the Port of Townsville, with input from the local boating community.
Latest construction news for ongoing works at the boating park:
- Download the latest Project Update (PDF, 249.6 KB)
Who has helped deliver this facility to the Townsville community?
The TRBP is a joint venture between Townsville City Council, the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Port of Townsville Limited.
Funding for the $25 million project was jointly provided by the Council and the Queensland Government.
Who developed the design of the facility?
The boating park was designed and developed with the input from the project's various stakeholders. These stakeholders include the Townsville public as well as local, state and federal government agencies.
How is construction progressing?
Previously a contaminated industrial site, this once vacant land at the end of Fifth Avenue adjacent to Goondi Creek has been revived and the "Fisherman's Memorial" has been preserved.
Stage 1 is now finished and includes:
- Four 4-lane boat ramps (16 lanes in total, A and B currently open providing 8 lanes)
- Floating walkways at each ramp
- Two pontoons (one Disability Discrimination Act compliant)
- Approximately 333 parking spaces for vehicles with trailers
- A car park for vehicles without trailers
- Public toilet facilities
- Lighting & CCTV
- Enhanced green spaces
- Upgrade of the pedestrian jetty
- Boat wash facilities
- Barbeque and picnic facilities
- Pathways for pedestrians, cyclists and scooters
How will this benefit the people of Townsville?
Townsville has the highest annual growth rate of trailer-able boats in Queensland.
In 2009, TMR found that Townsville needed a total of 33 launching lanes to meet the predicted growth rates through to 2020.
The development of the TRBP has demonstrated TMR and council’s commitment to the boating community.
The site, previously an industrial eyesore, has been transformed into a lush open space parkland to be enjoyed by residents. With its easily accessible pathways and sea breezes it provides opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to get out and about.
Townsville City Council has provided Townsville residents with the best park for kids, the best off land fishing for families and the best free BBQ and undercover facilities.The 24hr CCTV and Solar lighting makes the area safe for families at both day and night. Well done Townsville City Council. ~ Steven Hamilton, resident
As residents of South Townsville (our family has owned property in this area since the 1920's) we would like to thank the council for its foresight and vision in producing what will be when finished one of the best recreational boat parks on the eastern seaboard of Australia. We worked within the marina industry for 12 years and understand the importance of facilities like this being practical and user friendly for the fishing and boating enthusiasts but also offering a great, fun facility for the whole community. Our young children love the shaded play park and we often fish from the old trawler wharf which has been very well restored. In South Townsville's case, there would be few if any areas which could boast such an asset sitting right on their door step. ~ Andrew & Rachel Forster, residents
Masterplan and fact sheets
- Townsville Recreational Boating Park Masterplan (PDF 2.38MB)
- Townsville Recreational Boating Park Overview Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Townsville Recreational Boating Park Staging Fact Sheet (PDF)
To find out more information about the Townsville Recreational Boating Park email: BoatRamp@townsville.qld.gov.au