Arrivals & Departures Get a 360-degree view of Mandurah's canalside Christmas lights

Photo of Gemma Nisbet

It's Christmas lights cruising season in Mandurah, when local residents get into the festive spirit by lavishly illuminating their canalside homes.

The canal cruises are a popular way to see the festive spectacule, but for a novel option, Eco BBQ Boats is offering a 360-degree view of the lights from its circular electric boats.

The company's new two-hour guided Magic Christmas Lights Tour costs from $89 per person and includes drinks, finger food and Christmas music. There's also a 90-minute family Christmas lights cruise, which costs from $25 per person. 

"With a maximum of nine passengers per boat plus tour guide, our Magic Christmas Lights Cruise is an absolute intimate and exclusive experience where everyone is looked after," explained Eco BBQ Boats owner Gerd Heinen.

"And our eco-friendly electric boats offer a unique experience without motor noise, exhaust fumes or smell.

"As they can spin on the spot, our customers get a truly unique photo and video opportunity of the magical Christmas lights."

Self-drive hire is another option, with boats available to accommodate six or 10 people seated around a circular table with a gas barbecue in the middle. 

You can even hire a BBQ boat on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year's Day, with no boat licence or skipper's ticket required — just bring an esky with your food and drinks.

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