Black Weir

Important Note

In line with the Queensland Government's easing of the COVID-19 restrictions, the following facilities have now been re-opened.

  • Loam Island Boat Ramp
    • Motorised boats and water skiing permitted on Ross River (including Black Weir), provided social distancing and hygiene are maintained, it’s within 50 kilometres of your home and outings are limited to members of the same household or an individual and one friend.
    • Ross River is still open to people who wish to kayak or paddle.
NOTICE

Effective 1 April, 2020 new guidelines have been put in place by the Federal Government aimed to slow the spread of COVID-19, meaning only essential boating and fishing activities are allowed. Council Public Ski Permits will be unavailable during this time. Essential boating and fishing purposes include travelling to and from work, to local shops for essentials or catching fish for their families.

Water craft use on Black Weir

  • All Water-skiing requires a permit. Zones A and B are bookable by the public.
  • No free style jet-skiing permitted. Jet Skis can only be used to tow water skiers.
  • Use of uncontrolled water-skiing devices including but not limited to, a toboggan, tube or sea-biscuit are prohibited.
  • Unpowered vessels and fishing craft can access all zones and do not need a permit.
  • Aquatic events may restrict access and use. See the list of events below for more details.

For more information view the Black Weir - Rules of Use flyer.

PUBLIC NOTICE
No tubing or freestyle jet-skiing within the Black Weir. Penalties apply.

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. The system allows you to book up to seven days in advance.

Booking a permit

Each permit is valid for one hour and users are able to book up to three hours (permits) in one day.

Tubing in Black Weir

A person (an operator) must not operate a ship towing an uncontrolled water -skiing device, including but not limited to, a toboggan, tube or sea-biscuit. Applies to all zones within Black Weir.

For more detailed information about Restricted areas and Speed limits please visit the relevant Maritime Safety Queensland web pages.

Aquatic Events that require Loam Island boat ramp closure

Please note: Due to COVID-19, some events may not go ahead on the dates listed and may be cancelled or postponed to a later date. Please check this page regularly for updates.

EventDateTime Restricted Zone
Rowing School Team Time Trials Saturday 25 July 6am – 10am Zone B and C
Rowing All Schools Regatta 4 Sunday 26 July 6am – 6pm Zone B and C
Rowing NQ School Championship Regatta Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 August 6am – 6pm Zone B and C
Rowing Head of the River Regatta Sunday 23 August 6am – 6pm Zone B and C
Rowing NQ Club Premiership Regatta Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October 6am – 6pm Zone B and C

* Event only held in Black Weir if unable to go ahead in Aplin’s Weir

Aquatic Events that allow vessel access to other zones

Please note: Due to COVID-19, some events may not go ahead on the dates listed and may be cancelled or postponed to a later date. Please check this page regularly for updates.

EventDateTimeRestricted Zone
Townsville Grammar CampThursday 9 - Saturday 11 JulyThu-Fri - 5am - 3pm
Sat - 5am - 9am 
Zones C & B
Girl Guides Canoe ActivitiesSunday 19 July9am - 3pmZone C
Girl Guides Canoe ActivitiesSunday 30 August9am - 3pmZone C
Townsville Water Ski Club EventFriday 4 - Sunday 6 SeptemberFri 12pm - 6pm
Sat-Sun 6am - 6pm 
Zones B,C & D
All Abilities Water Sports EventSaturday 5 September9am - 6pmZone A
Dragon Boat Regatta Sunday 13 September6am - 4pmZone C
Townsville Kayak Club - 3 Weirs RaceSunday 4 October6am - 10amZones A, B & C
Girl Guides Canoe ActivitiesSaturday 24 October9am - 3pmZone C

Vessel numbers are limited for the safety of all river users.

Any person not intending to use a booking must complete an online cancellation. Failure to cancel an unused booking online may result in a one month ban on the person/vessel involved.

For more information, please phone our Customer Service Centre on 13 48 10.