Black Weir

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
Townsville JCU Premiership RegattaSaturday 10 – Sunday 11 JulySat: 6am – 6pm
Sun: 6am – 3pm 
Zones C & B
Riverway Rowing Time Trial Saturday 24 July 6am – 10am Zones C & B
Riverway Rowing All Schools Regatta 4 Sunday 25 July 6am – 6pm Zones C & B
Riverway Rowing NQ School Champs Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 August 6am – 6pm Zones C & B
Riverway Rowing Head of the River Regatta Sunday 22 August 6am – 6pm Zones C & B
Riverway Rowing Head of the River Regatta Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 October 6am – 6pm Zones C & B
Townsville Water Ski Club Croc Run Friday 5 – Sunday 7 November 6am – 6pm Zones C & D

* 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.

EventDateTime Restricted Zone
Riverway Rowing Grammar Camp Thursday 8 – Friday 9 July 5am – 3pm Zones C & B
All Abilities Water Sports Event Sunday 1 August 9am – 6pm Zone A
Townsville Dragon Boat Club Event Sunday 29 August 7am – 12pm Zones C & D
Townsville Water Ski Club Tournament Friday 3 – Sunday 5 September Fri: 12pm – 6pm
Sat-Sun: 6am – 6pm
Zones C & D
All Abilities Water Sports Event Sunday 19 September 9am – 6pm Zone A
All Abilities Water Sports Event Sunday 31 October 9am – 6pm Zone A
Kennedy Region Scouts Canoe Activity Saturday 31 October – Sunday 1 November 9am – 4pm Zone C
All Abilities Water Sports Event Saturday 13 November 9am – 6pm Zone A
All Abilities Water Sports Event Sunday 12 December 9am – 6pm Zone A

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.