Dave Chapman Park

Waterways Charters Towers


Located under 20 kms to the north of Charters Towers, Dave Chapman Park boasts a boat ramp that provides easy access to the mighty Burdekin River.


If you turn left before entering the Burdekin Weir Park and travel approximately 1 kilometre, you will reach Dave Chapman Park. The boat ramp provides easy access to enjoy a spot of fishing. Fish species include Sooty Grunter, Dew (Cat) Fish, Sleepy Code, Barramundi and Small Mouthed Grunter. It is also a well known location for birdwatching, with cormorants, pelicans, ducks and darters often spotted. Disabled facilities are available. Dogs on leash are allowed.

In 2019 Council and the Weir Recreation and Ski Park Reference Group officially opened the Burdekin River to expanded activities. These include skiing, powered watercraft; >4hp motors; and increased upstream access. Designated areas of operation are displayed at the boat ramp with speed restrictions between the boat ramp and designated skiing area. All activities are regulated by Maritime Safety Queensland.

UPDATE 18/04/2023
Due to recent wet weather, the Dave Chapman Park and Boat Ramp and the reach of the Burdekin River above the Weir is currently open for small watercraft and fishing boats (5 knots maximum) only.

Power boats and skiing will be allowed following the reinstallation of navigational and safety buoys early in May by Maritime Safety Queensland.

Map & Directions

Weir Road, Charters Towers Qld