Families returned to Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum to ring in the New Year and watch the fireworks display after the annual event was cancelled last year due to the pandemic.
Warrnambool City Council's Paul Pinkerton said they had pre-sold 600 tickets to the event, but many were turning up late with the warmer weather keeping people at the beach longer.
"We didn't have it last year. It's amazing to be back. The uptake's been really good," he said.
"The heat has kept people on the beach a bit later which is fantastic to have this problem this time of year in Warrnambool."
He said they usually got 30 per cent more people buying tickets on the night.
Crowds also flocked back to the Woodford Cup meeting at the Warrnambool racecourse to toast the end of 2021.
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