An amazing Christmas Lights Cruise on the Jet Boat.

Every year, during the month of  December only, the waterfront properties of Mooloolaba, Minyama, and Buddina create a wonderful Christmas light spectacle. The reality is that this is viewable only from the water. All of this is as part of the now famous Mooloolaba Christmas light parade. A parade in which up to 100 boats compete for the prize of best Christmas boat light display. Properties owners along the waters edge compete for the prize of best presented display as well. Each year they clearly pull out all stops to have a shot at first prize!

You can now jump aboard Hela-Va Jet for a 90 minute (one and a half hours) gentle cruise and experience the wonderful Christmas Lights on offer on many of the waterfront properties along the Mooloolah River and canals.
Our jet powered vessel, with its shallow draft and ability to do slow on the spot spin-turns, lets us access the canals larger boats just cannot attempt.
With no more than 12 passengers at any time, you will always enjoy total visibility of the lights.

This cruise offers a very special and personal experience out on the protected calm inland waters. With amazing views of the absolutely amazing efforts made by the property owners.  We guarantee you will enjoy a delightful and fun experience. Ideal for families and young children too!

Also available is the the opportunity to be part of the Christmas light Boat parade!   Hela-Va Jet will be entered into the contest, and you can be aboard as we participate in the very exclusive parade. Only one such cruise and 12 seats a year! This trip last approximately 2 hours!!

Soft drinks, Alcohol and food can be brought on a BYO basis, but No red Wine please. You can pre-order a seafood pack on our online booking site to ensure you will have a great value wonderful seafood box to enjoy on your cruise!

Key Details:

Please note- This tour operates from 1st December to 30th December only!

No discounted rates available on this tour due to the small passengers numbers this vessel takes.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Bridge Seafoods (restaurant), 209 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba ( Sunshine Coast ), Queensland. Australia (This is the service road along Brisbane Road)
DEPARTURE AND RETURN TIMES Evening cruise: 7PM Departure with an 8.30PM return
DEPARTURE NOTE Please arrive 15 to 20 minutes prior for a prompt departure.
WHAT TO WEAR & BRING Anything goes although we recommend Comfortable clothing. Small handbags are ok. No large bags please. THIS CRUISE IS FULLY BYO.
Professional and experienced crew. 1 1/2 hour cruise
Pre-ordered Seafood packs ($15.00 extra per pack). Photograph (on request).
Coffee and Tea
Drinks, Alcohol, Food

For a detailed “itinerary” for this ride please click on the Itinerary tab.

Please note that no funds will be deducted until we have been able to also confirm the availability of the requested charter. This because other impacts such as phone and agent bookings, weather and other unforeseen things  could impact on the availability at the same time as you are requesting the charter online. Our Terms and conditions are available on this webpage ( Click here to view them now ) and will also be emailed to you as part of the booking confirmation.


Departure details

 Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes PRIOR to your noted departure time. We would hate for the tour to depart on time should you be late and we have not heard from you! Depending on the departure time you may need to ensure you have enough time to find a car park. The skipper will collect you from the top of the ramp which is located directly on the pontoon from which we depart.
Please do not wait on the pontoon itself as the skipper will be mooring the vessel on its arrival and we safety is paramount for all.

Arrival of the boat

Once securely and safely moored, the skipper will come and get you from the meeting spot and take you to the pontoon in preparation to board the vessel. He will take a picture of your group with the boat for a memento should you like it.


Although we are not  heading out to sea and just staying in the River and canals, each and every person coming aboard must sign in on the vessel’s passenger register, and be marked off the manifest by our crew. To this end the skipper will provide the passenger log for you to complete. Our passenger log also doubles as the indemnity waiver. Have a balance to pay for the day? This is where and when you do that part too.


From here it’s boarding time. The skipper will discuss the differences between seating locations (We prefer children in the centre seats for obvious reasons) and once decisions have been made as to who will sit where begin boarding from the rear to the front. He will be assisting in adjusting the seatbelts to best suit each person. We should not need them, but always best to be prepared.

Safety First

As required by maritime legislation, the skipper will have to do a safety briefing before we depart. Much like on a plane any time you fly, we do need your attention for the couple of minutes it takes. We all hope and expect the information we are providing never to be needed, but its always best to be forewarned and prepared.

Pushing off

You will already be seated, and the doors will still be open for this cruise. The skipper will “throw” the mooring lines and head off towards the first lights. The Mooloolah river is restricted to a top speed of 6 knots, and the canal to just 4 knots, both which allows you to take in the beautiful waterfront properties and amazing light displays. Departure times are set so that we are pushing off as the sun sets. This to give you the full impact of the lights which of course look best after the sun has set.

Small or tight canals

Hela-Va Jet can access areas of the canal system other passenger boats simply cannot even consider going. The ability to spin on the spot as well as maneuver sideways makes it possible to get in and out of any area safely.

The lights

We only really run our Christmas Light tours in December. The lights tend to be switched on on December 1st, and switched off straight after New Years Eve.

Food and drinks

We will have some water and sift drinks aboard for you, as well as light nibbles. Feel free to bring alcohol with you if you so desire. No red wine please (Those stains from spill are just too hard to remove). You will need to take any cans or bottles you bring along, back with you after departing. Remember, there is no toilet on a jet boat!!


All good things must come to an end. We try to keep the return trip as short as possible to give us as much time viewing the lights as possible. On average the return trip takes about 10 minutes all up.

Back home

As we moor the vessel  the doors of course remain open. This does NOT mean you can leave the vessel when you like. Please wait until instructed by the skipper to exit the vessel and if needed he will assist you to disembark the vessel.

The “BRIDGE SEAFOOD ” Pontoon (located at the rear of the restaurant),
209 Brisbane Road Mooloolaba Qld.

For a GPS use “Bridge Seafoods” or “209 Brisbane Road Mooloolaba Qld”.    In iPhone Maps “Bridge Seafoods” is far more accurate.

Please DO NOT park your car here on the service Road, but rather in the FREE public car-park next to the BP service station across the road. 

The location is the corner of Incana Court and Brisbane Road. This parking is free and unlimited in time, and only a 2 minute stroll (100m) from the departure point.

Once parked please wait near the top of the ramp until instructed by the skipper that it is safe to come down the ramp and board the vessel.

Christmas Lights Cruise  - Sunshine Coast Afloat

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 2 reviews
October 18, 2016

“Family trip that was nothing short of perfect.”
Reviewed on Facebook 26th December
Amazing how a last minute decision to do something can sometimes be the highlight of your holiday. Our kids are too young for a thrill ride, but had found the picture of the boat in the hotel room. When I enquired if they were able to do the run (they are too small) Paddy suggested the Christmas Lights cruise instead.
The skipper was awesome, the boat is amazing and the Christmas light displays the people of the Sunshine Coast put up are out of this world! We really loved the fact we could get into the smaller sections of the canals where you felt super special (Nobody else doing this sort of trip can get in there!), and the kids had a ball just being on the race like boat! There was even some drinks and food for all of us! This is a trip you have to do! It may be the thing that keeps bring us back to the Sunshine Coast!
Thanks guys and I will be spreading the word for you!

October 18, 2016

“The only way to see the lights!”
Reviewed on Facebook 27th December
So glad I found this tour! Without doubt the only way to go and see the Xmas lights the Sunshine Coast residents do every year! Next time I want to do it and be aboard this jet boat for the boat parade trip too! Worth every cent! See you next year!!

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