The 2010s were waved goodbye through a number of south-west celebrations.
The annual Moyneyana festival parade was filled with colourful floats reflecting the dedicated community.
King and Queen of the Moyneyana Festival Shaun and Martina Murrihy were thrilled to be a part of the event.
"It's an absolute honour," Mrs Murrihy said. "Normally we join in the parade rattling tins for the surf club but this year we get to lead the procession in an open car. It's pretty exciting.
"This is how we always spend New Year's Eve, walking in the parade, but this year it will be a very different event for us."
Seasoned parade participant Terry Rowbottom managed to keep his balance while blade-shearing six pure Romney sheep on a float.
"I've been shearing since I was 15," he said.
"I've been in this procession for at least 10 years. I take my time shearing the sheep during the parade but my quickest time is one minute and 30 seconds.
"It's very difficult to balance as I'm going backward and the car is going forward.
"I learnt very quickly not to look down."
Glitz and glam made its way to the Woodford Cup with 5000 punters heading to the Warrnambool Racing Club to celebrate the day.
Ben Allen successfully rode Strike Force to a gallant victory in the $50,000 main race.
Flagstaff Hill's New Year's on the Hill family celebration gave the large crowd many activities to enjoy.
The event pre-sold 700 tickets with families bringing along picnics for the night.
Flagstaff Hill worker Paul Draffer said the event had something for everyone.
"We offered a family-friendly environment and something everything can enjoy," he said. "There were bars, live music, food vendors and kids activities including a silent disco, face painting and lantern lighting where people can write their New Year's messages on the lantern and send it out to the lake.
"Last year we had over 500 walk-up attendees and we think we had the same this year."
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