Black Weir has been re-opened with bookings for motorised vessel use on the weir available from Saturday 13/4/2019.
There will be future closures in place to remove the last object near Apex Park, please check this page regularly for updates to closure dates.
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.
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.
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.
Booking a permit
Each permit is valid for one hour and users are able to book up to three hours (permits) in one day.
Important Changes to Recreational Use – Black Weir
40knot Zone B Extended
From Tuesday 28 May up to 6 water ski vessels will again be able to use Zone B at any time, with the removal of the extended 6 knot restricted zone implemented under the direction of Maritime Safety in December 2017. Following the scanning and removal of potential underwater obstructions throughout the Black Weir following the flood event, the 40knot zone has now been extended to its previous length.
Please see map summarising use within the Black Weir.
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.
Aquatic Events that require Loam Island boat ramp closure
NQ Club Premiership
Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October
6am – 6pm Saturday,
6am – 3pm Sunday
* Event only held in Black Weir if unable to go ahead in Aplin’s Weir
Aquatic Events that allow vessel access to other zones
|Townsville Waterski Club Event||Friday 6 September to Sunday 8 September||12pm – 6pm Friday, 6am – 6pm Saturday, 6am-6pm Sunday||Zones C and D|
|All Abilities Watersports Event||Sunday 15 September||9am – 6pm||Zone A|
Dragon Boat Regatta
Sunday 20 October
6am – 4pm
|All Abilities Watersports Event||Sunday 20 October||9am – 6pm||Zone A|
|Townsville Waterski Club Event||Friday 8 November to Sunday 10 November||6am – 6pm Friday, 6am – 6pm Saturday, 6am-6pm Sunday||Zones C and D|
NQ Personal Watercraft
Sunday 10 November
9am – 3pm
|All Abilities Watersports Event||Saturday 17 November||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.