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.

Weed Harvesting

Council has secured a weed harvester to harvest the pest weeds that have built up in our Black Weir. Townsville's dry weather over the past two years has contributed to a build-up of weed. This has impacted on the health and recreational use of the Ross River.

The 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, focusing on submerged aquatic weeds in the area.

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.

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 Lanes Pontoons Parking for cars with trailers Additional parking
Balgal Beach 1 1 30 20
Toomulla Saltwater Creek 1   10 20
Bluewater (off Jaloonda Road) 1   15  
Saunders Beach 1   15  
Stoney Creek (Mount Low) 1   30 20
Cape Pallarenda 3 1 30 20
Ross Creek* * 9 1 87  
Barnicle Street 4   48 20
Loam Island 1   10  
Picnic Bay 1   50  
Nelly Bay 2   48 27 (car only)
Horseshoe Bay 1   6 15 (car only)
Cungulla 1   10  
Townsville Recreational Boating Park (TRBP) (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.

*Ross Creek is managed by the Townsville Port Authority