Black Weir

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.

Scheduled Closures of Loam Island Boat Ramp

Loam Island Boat Ramp Entrance/Exit - Restricted Access: 27 July - 10 November

Due to major works on Riverway Drive, the entrance/exit to the Loam Island boat ramp and car park will not be available between 27 July and 10 November.

The boat ramp can still be accessed via the dirt access road at the Loam Island Community Facility. Please see the attached map for more details.

Please note: 2018 events will be added soon.

Aquatic Events that require Loam Island boat ramp closure.

Event Date Time Restricted Zone
No events currently scheduled.

Aquatic Events that allow vessels access to other zones

Event Dates Time Restricted Zone/s
NQ Personal Watercraft 10 September, 15 October, 12 November, 3 December 2017 9am - 3pm Zone A
Water-ski Tournament 10-12 November 12pm - 8pm (Fri), 6am - 8pm (Sat and Sun) Zone B (Partial), Zone C and D

Water craft use on Black Weir

  • Freestyle jet skiing is not permitted on Black Weir, in accordance with Queensland Maritime Regulations.
  • Jet skis may be used for water skiing under general water skiing conditions.
  • During rowing club regattas all vessels must give way to rowers and must comply with a six knot/no wake limit while traversing the rowing course. Permits will not be issued for watersking in the Loam Island Circuit during rowing regattas.
  • Council regulatory officers will issue infringement notices to watercraft operators who breach local laws, particularly in relation to excessive vessel noise, negligent use of vessels and operators who do not hold a valid permit.

Operating hours for motorised water sports

  • Motorised Water Sports on Black Weir are allowed at specified times only.
  • Hourly permits are available daily between 9am to 6pm. Users are allowed a maximum of 3 permits per day.

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 1300 878 001.