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.

Waitlist

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 7th of January.

The available sessions have fixed departure times, they're:

Depart Return Length Description
6pm 8:30pm 2.5hrs Early Bird Special
7pm 8:30pm 1.5hrs Standard session time
8:45pm 10:15pm 1.5hrs Standard session time
7pm 10pm 3hrs Standard session time
7pm 9pm 2hrs Non-peak dates only (1st December to 7th December and 11th to 14th December.)
7:30pm 9:30pm 2hrs Non-peak dates only (1st December to 7th December and 11th to 14th December.)

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

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. If you depart late, you must still return on time or you will lose your bond.

Please note it doesn't get dark until 7:30pm the earlier time 6pm-8:30pm pricing is an early bird special as it will be light for the first part of hire.

 

I don't have a Recreational Skippers Ticket

No RST

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 $120 for 1.5 hours. Please contact us to discuss before booking as we have very few guides available. 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

Pricing for night time hire is below.

Boat 6pm to 8:30pm 7pm to 9pm (off-peak only) 7:30pm to 9:30pm (off-peak only) 7pm to 8:30pm 7pm to 10pm 8:45pm to 10:15pm  
Deluxe Vessels              
12 Person deluxe pontoon $500 $480 $480 $480 $720 $480 Book Now
9 Person deluxe pontoon $380 $360 $360 $360 $540 $360 Book Now
8 Person deluxe pontoon $340 $320 $320 $320 $480 $320 Book Now
7 Person deluxe pontoon $300 $280 $280 $280 $420 $280 Book Now
6 Person deluxe pontoon $300 $280 $280 $280 $420 $280 Book Now
6 Person bowrider $300 $280 $280 $280 $420 $280 Book Now
5 Person bowrider $300 $280 $280 $280 $420 $280 Book Now
Basic Vessels              
8 Person runabout $300 $280 $280 $280 $420 $280 Book Now
4 Person dinghy $220 $200 $200 $200 $300 $200 Book Now