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.

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

At the direction of Maritime Safety Queensland, under Marine Safety Notice:

  1. Zone C (6 knot area) has been extended downstream, reducing the 40 knot section of water (Zone B). Permitted Water Ski Vessels at any time within Zone B has been reduced to three.
  2. 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.

Please see the attached Marine Notice for more information.

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

Event

Date

Time

Restricted Zone

Schools Team Time Trial

Sunday 17 February

6am - 10am

All zones

Masters Time Trial

Sunday 24 March

6am - 10am

All zones

All Schools Regatta 1*

Sunday 12 May

6am – 6pm

All zones

All Schools Regatta 2*

Sunday 26 May

6am – 6pm

All zones

All Schools Regatta 3*

Sunday 12 May

6am – 6pm

All zones

TJCU Premiership Regatta*

Saturday 13 and

Sunday 14 July

6am – 6pm

All zones

Schools Team Time Trial

Saturday 27 July

6am - 10am

All zones

All Schools Regatta 4

Sunday 28 July

6am – 6pm

All zones

NQ Schools Championships

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August

6am – 6pm

All zones

Head of the River Regatta

Sunday 25 August

6am – 6pm

All zones

NQ Club Premiership

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October

6am – 6pm Saturday,

6am – 3pm Sunday

All zones

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

Aquatic Events that allow vessel access to other zones

Event

Date

Time

Restricted Zone

NQ Personal Watercraft

Sunday 3 March

9am – 3pm

Zone A

Ryan Catholic College Camp

Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March

6am – 6pm Saturday,

6am - 10am Sunday

Zone B and C

Dragon Boat Regatta

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June

6am – 6pm

Zone C

Dragon Boat Regatta

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June

6am – 6pm

Zone C

Dragon Boat Regatta

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July

6am – 6pm

Zone C

Townsville Grammar Camp

Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 July

5am – 3pm Thursday and Friday, 5am – 9am Saturday

Zone B and C

NQ Personal Watercraft

Sunday 10 Sunday

9am – 3pm

Zone A

Dragon Boat Regatta

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June

6am – 6pm

Zone C

Dragon Boat Regatta

Sunday 13 October

6am – 4pm

Zone C

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 13 48 10.