Bowen Broken Rivers Weirs & Barrages

Bowen Broken Rivers Weirs & Barrages


Bowen Broken Rivers Weir

Located on the Bowen River about 25 km south of Collinsville, the Bowen River Weir supports farm irrigation and local mines.

The weir was constructed in 1982 to help meet the industrial water requirements of a thermal power station at Collinsville and the town water requirements of Collinsville and Scottsville. It incorporated a vertical slot fish ladder towards the southern bank, upgraded in 2010 to a fish lock.

Did you know?

In Collinsville, one of Australia’s oldest mining towns, “pit ponies” or mining horses were only retired from use in 1990. The horses were made honorary union members and were even entitled to five weeks’ annual leave. The town has a bronze statue dedicated to the ponies.

Concrete gravity weir
Bowen River Weir
943 ML


  • Boat Ramp

  • Car Parking

  • Road Access

  • Lookout

  • Picnic Areas

  • Toilets

  • Rubbish Bins

  • BBQs

  • Treated Water

  • Camping

Additional information


Bowen River Weir is owned and managed by Sunwater.

Public access

Public access is permitted in designated areas only. There is no public access to the weir infrastructure. Sunwater restricts access to the weir infrastructure in order to keep you safe as conditions can be dangerous and unpredictable and water can be released at any time.  


Sunwater does not permit camping near the weir.

Boating and fishing

Sunwater does not permit boating or fishing near the weir. Boating and fishing occur in the surrounding waterway (not owned or managed by Sunwater). Boat operators are reminded to read the signs, look for hazards, boat to conditions and stay away from the weir wall by at least 200 metres or as signed.  

Onshore fishing

Sunwater does not permit onshore fishing on or near the weir. Onshore fishing occurs in the surrounding area (not owned or managed by Sunwater). Visitors are reminded that fishing on or near weir walls is unsafe and is not permitted by law.

Swimming and water recreation

Sunwater does not permit swimming and water-based recreation near the weir. Swimming and water-based recreation does not occur in the surrounding waterway.

Known additional hazards

  • Crocodiles are known to frequent this location and all visitors should take care. 
  • Visitors accessing downstream of the weir for recreation are warned that water releases can occur at any time

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