Mandurah Christmas Lights Hire

Cruise Mandurah's Spectacular Christmas Lights

The Mandurah Canal Christmas Lights is one of Western Australia's most popular holiday attractions. Every year, December 1st through to early January, the canals are transformed into a magical wonderland of lights and decorations. This stunning display is a must-see attraction for both locals and tourists alike. What makes this experience unique is that visitors can view the lights from the comfort of their own self-drive hire boat.

Get your friends and family together for a truely memorable Christmas experience.

The Mandurah Districts Rotary Club hosts the Mandurah Canal Christmas Lights, and all proceeds from the wishing well located within the canals go towards supporting local community groups. Visitors can donate to the wishing well by stopping their boat near the well and making a donation. The Rotary Club also accepts donations online through their website. Donating to the wishing well is a great way to support the local community while enjoying the beautiful lights.

New Years Eve

We don't have any boat hires on New Years Eve night however we do have a dedicated cruise with a skipper. See New Years Eve Cruise.


If you are unable to find what you're looking for please submit our waitlist form and we will notify you of any last minute cancellations.

What to Bring

  • Your Recreational Skippers Ticket and drivers license both must be sighted at the time of hire.
  • Coat or jacket, it can get cold on a night.
  • Cameras, there's lots to see.
  • Snacks and drinks to be enjoyed.
  • Print a copy of the recommended route or pick one up at the office.

Important Information

  1. The hirer/driver MUST have a valid RST (Recreational Skippers Ticket / boat licence) and bring it as proof on the night of hire.
  2. The hirer/driver MUST bring a valid form of photographic ID (e.g. a driver’s licence) as well as the RST.
  3. If your hire crosses from day time hire to night time hire, you will be charged accordingly (day rate + night rate = total rate)
  4. There will be a BOND of $200.00 payable at time of hire.
  5. Review the recommend route map which will be available on the boat on the night.

Passenger Limits

The passenger limit of the vessel is a legal capacity and includes adults, children and infants over 12 months and cannot be exceeded. There are no exceptions, if you bring too many people and are unable to go you will not be entitled to a refund.

Departure Dates & Times

Christmas lights are available to view from the 1st of December until the 5th of January. Night time hire grants access for the duration of the night, starting from 6:30pm. Vessels must be returned by 9:30pm. Enjoy the convenience of flexible pick-up and drop-off times within the 6:30pm to 9:30pm timeframe.

Please arrive at least 20-30 minutes prior to your hire time so you can check in at the office. We need to sight your RST (Recreational Skippers Ticket) & drivers license.

There will be no night time hires on Christmas Day Night (25th December) and New Year’s Eve (31st December).


I don't have a Recreational Skippers Ticket


If you don't have any kind of boating license then your best option is to purchase a ticket to join a Christmas Lights cruise aboard The White Pearl accommodating 19 guests and has one toilet aboard.

Tour Guides

If no one in the group has a valid RST we can try to source a guide for the evening for an extra charge of $80 per hour. Please fill out the waitlist form if you require a guide and we'll see what we can do, we have very limited guides available and we are more likely to have one on off peak dates. The guide will also use one of the seats so if you have a 10 person pontoon you would now only be able to have 9 plus your guide = 10

Other Boating Licenses

We also accept commercial tickets issued from AMSA or the RYA and recreational boating licenses from other Australian states and countries. However, you will still need a digital or physical copy of your certificate.

Lost RST's

If you've lost your RST you can email [email protected] and they can organise a replacement card and provide you interim evidence of your certificate.

Cancellation Policy

Due to the specialty of Christmas light hires only being available for just over a month there are no refunds available for any cancellations to our “night time hires”. We can offer a voucher with a 1 year validity if 14 days notice is given, we may allow rescheduling at our discretion if availability allows and at least 7 days notice is given.

We highly recommend you take out travel insurance to cover your cruise costs. We cannot provide refunds or rescheduling for last minute cancellations under any circumstances, including sickness, COVID, hospitalisations, flight changes, unavailability of the skipper or any other unforeseen circumstance.

Insurance & Bonds

You are liable for all damage up to $10,000 however we offer an optional excess waiver for $20 per day which covers you for all accidental damage up to $5,000. We may also take a bond of $200 as security to cover any potential damage caused to the vessel, cleaning fees and late returns.

You can see a list of potential damages in the Terms & Conditions. The bond can be paid in cash or will be pre-authorised against your credit card and will be returned within 24-48hrs of the end of your hire. Sometimes the original transaction will disappear rather than a credit appearing.

Christmas Lights

Hire Times

Night time hire grants access for the duration of the night, starting from 6:30pm. Vessels must be returned by 9:30pm. Enjoy the convenience of flexible pick-up and drop-off times within the 6:30pm to 9:30pm timeframe.

Off Peak Dates

  • Monday 2nd December to Thursday 5th December
  • Monday 9th December to Thursday 12th December

Returning To The Jetty

There is only one departure and return. Once the vessel returns to our jetty that will be the end of the hire. We cannot accommodate switching over of passengers/groups.


Boat Peak Pricing Off Peak Pricing (-20%)  

Premium Pontoons

12 Person Premium Pontoon $720 $576 Book Now
10 Person Premium Pontoon $600 $480 Book Now
8 Person Premium Pontoon $480 $384 Book Now


12 Person Pontoon $660 $528 Book Now
9 Person Pontoon $495 $396 Book Now
8 Person Pontoon $440 $352 Book Now
7 Person Pontoon $385 $308 Book Now
6 Person Pontoon $330 $264 Book Now

Bow Riders

6 Person Bow Rider $330 $264 Book Now
5 Person Bow Rider $330 $264 Book Now

Fishing Vessels

8 Person runabout $300 $240 Book Now
4 Person dinghy $220 $176 Book Now