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.
Important Changes to Recreational Use – Black Weir
At the direction of Maritime Safety Queensland, under Marine Safety Notice:
Please see the attached Marine Notice for more information.
Temporary Waterway Barrier Notification
Temporary waterway barriers (or booms) have been inserted into Black Weir to assist with current weed management, including weed harvesting. One is located within the 6 knot zone between Zone’s A and B (adjacent to the Vickers Bridge), the other located in the 6 knot zone at the Zone C/D junction (approx. 100m upstream of the Loam Island Community Facility).
It is safe for motorised vessels to travel over these barriers (at the 6 knot speed limit through each zone), however there will also be a slip zone at one end to transverse through if required.
Townsville's dry weather over the past two years has contributed to a build-up of weed. This has affected the health and recreational use of our Ross River.
Council has secured a weed harvester that will help combat this issue.
The harvested weed will be deposited on the banks of the river and treated with microorganisms. This treatment will speed up the natural break down of the weed and eliminate any unpleasant odours.
Harvesting the weed is the most cost effective and environmentally friendly solution. The removed weed will not re-contaminate the river.
The harvester is currently in action in Aplins Weir. The operation of the harvester has been extended in Aplins Weir due to the large amount of weed affecting the recreational use of the Weir. The harvester will focus on widen rowing lanes for upcoming events.
Gleeson’s Weir has been identified as high risk due to its rocky bed and shallow waters. The weed harvester will not be able to operate in this weir, alternative options are being considered.
The harvester will be cleaned down and serviced in between Weirs.
|Location||Estimated timeframe||Aquatic weed density|
|Aplins Weir||2 October 18 December||
Moderate surface weeds
|Blacks Weir||4 July to 21 September||
Both submerged and
NB: the above timeframes are subject to change
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.
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 Lanes||Pontoons||Parking for cars with trailers||Additional parking|
|Toomulla Saltwater Creek||1||10||20|
|Bluewater (off Jaloonda Road)||1||15|
|Stoney Creek (Mount Low)||1||30||20|
|Ross Creek* *||9||1||87|
|Nelly Bay||2||48||27 (car only)|
|Horseshoe Bay||1||6||15 (car only)|
|Townsville Recreational Boating Park (TRBP) (South Townsville)|
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