Boating & Fishing

Council has a number of locations for boating and fishing including Black Weir. We also have a range of boat ramps throughout the Townsville region.

Black Weir boating permits

Due to high demand, all water ski vessels require a permit to operate on Black Weir. General boating and fishing vessels do not require a permit.

You can book a permit for Black Weir online via our Black Weir site. The booking system allows you to book up to seven days in advance.

Weed Harvesting

Townsville's tropical climate (lots of sun and warm, nutrient-rich waters) contributes to a build-up of invasive weeds in the Ross River. This has affected the health and recreational use of the waterway.

Working to combat this issue, Council has a 6.5-tonne floating weed harvester which is regularly deployed to the river system, running in conjunction with an integral spraying program of the terrestrial weeds.

For more information on Council’s weed harvesting on the Ross River, visit Weed Harvesting.

Boat Ramps

Townsville has a number of boat ramps available for launching your boat.

Townsville City Council is the managing authority for all of these ramps, with the exception of the Ross Creek Boat Ramp. *Ross Creek is managed by the Townsville Port Authority.

Boat Ramp Ramp LanesPontoons Parking for cars with trailers Additional parking
Balgal Beach
1 Tooth Street, Balgal Beach 
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1 1 30 20
Toomulla Saltwater Creek
1A Herald St, Toomulla
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1   10 20
Bluewater (off Jaloonda Road)
78 Jaloonda Road, Bluewater
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1   15  
Saunders Beach
The Esplanade, Saunders Beach
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1   15  
Stoney Creek (Mount Low)
Marina Drive, Bushland Beach
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1   30 20
Cape Pallarenda*
The Esplanade, Pallarenda
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3 1 30 20
Ross Creek**
Sir Leslie Drive, Townsville
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9 1 87  
Barnicle Street
Barnicle Street, South Townsville
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4   48 20
Loam Island
1077 Riverway Drive, Rasmussen
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1   10  
Picnic Bay
2 - 10 Yule Street, Picnic Bay
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1   50  
Nelly Bay
Esplanade, Nelly Bay
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2   48 27 (car only)
Horseshoe Bay
1A Pacific Drive, Horseshoe Bay
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1   6 15 (car only)
Cungulla 1   10  
Townsville Recreational Boating Park (TRBP) (South Townsville)
Fifth Avenue, South Townsville
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Townsville City Council is the managing authority for all of these ramps, with the exception of the Ross Creek Boat Ramp.

* The Cape Pallarenda boat ramp will be inaccessible between Tuesday 22 and Thursday 24 June for maintenance and infrastructure works to the carpark.
** Ross Creek is managed by the Townsville Port Authority.