ROSS RIVER – (Blacks Weir), (half and full day tours, both morning and afternoon tours, plus twilight tours), runs from the rowing club or boat ramp, towards the Ross Dam. Past the suburbs of Condon, Rassmussen and into Kelso. Which are on the outer North Western suburbs of Townsville. This is a very picturesque tour close to the city.
We do a minimum of two people to a maximum of twelve people.
Early morning tours during winter are exceptionally good to see. Especially with the water temperature being warmer than the outside temperature, then gives off a rising mist to paddle through. Which slowly dissipates as the sun slowly comes up.
On these tours you can catch a variety of fish including the well sought after Barramundi. Barramundi upto 130c.m long can, and are, caught in this section of the river. All fish are released (with the exception of Talapia which are a noxious pest), for the next person (maybe you), to catch.
The early morning tour, (and the afternoon tour during winter), has a good chance to see, and get a picture of, the Johnson Freshwater Crocodile sunning itself to warm the body and blood.
Turtles can also be seen doing the same thing. It is not uncommon to see turtles and crocodiles, (prey and predator), on the same branch enjoying the sunshine.
The Johnson freshwater crocodile is not going to attack or be dangerous to mankind, unless it is cornered or provoked. Which will not happen on any tour. We are simply there to see and enjoy the crocodile in their natural habitat.
There are also numerous species of bird life to be seen on these tours. With examples like the Osprey or Sea Eagle, little kingfishers, various parrots, lillie waders, and the Cormorant.
We also now do a twilight tour where we paddle down the river at night using headlamps. There are many species of birds and fish to still be seen. As well as the Johnson Freshwater Crocodile.
Morning tour starts at 0700hrs. Afternoon tour starts at 1330hrs. And the twilight tour starts at 1830 hrs.
For your enjoyment we have added a video of a recent morning tour.