CARAVANS took up the in-bound lanes, train carriages brought in the day trippers and blue skies encouraged plenty to head to the beach for Christmas Day.
Fears of a wet and windy Christmas, based on previous years, proved unfounded as the mercury lingered around the 30-degree mark.
Plenty of locals and visitors took to the water — although not everyone was convinced the sunshine made the perfect Christmas.
Arriving from Sweden in September, Ferdrika Hammarberg found a summery Christmas somewhat strange.
“I don’t have a Christmas feeling but there’s no snow at home at the moment so I’m happy that it’s summer,” she said.
“We (normally) just have a big dinner, presents and sitting inside — you can’t do much because it’s snowing.”
She plans to spend the next few months staying with family friends before taking off for seasonal work around the country. Warrnambool father Lenny O’Brien also took advantage of the sun-drenched morning to take a dip in the surf with his family.
“It’s a good day so we thought we’d come down and have a quick swim and the kids could have a surf before Christmas lunch,” Mr O’Brien said.
“We’ve got five kids. I reckon last year we came down for a quick swim but it wasn’t as nice as this.”
The forecast for the remainder of the week is mainly fine, with the temperatures expected to top 24 degrees on Saturday.