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BENDIGO welcomed the new year in style. 

Families flocked to Lake Weeroona and Rosalind Park to enjoy an evening meal and to welcome the new year. 

Bendigo restaurants were packed full of people while other chose to watch the fireworks on their televisions in the comfort of their homes. 

The Wishart family shared a meal of fish and chips at Lake Weeroona - a rare occurrence - because they don't buy take-away often.  

"We chose to get fish and chips because there are no dishes," Mr Wishart said. 

"And we rarely get take-away but the fish and chips are so good." 

Mr Wishart said his children, Jacob, 4, and Zoe, 2, would be in bed and asleep well before midnight. 

Ryan Donovan, and his family and friends cooked a feast at Lake Weeroona to celebrate New Year's Eve. 

There were sausages, burgers, patties, steak and a number of home-made salads.

"We have lots of cool drinks and we will welcome in the new year all together," he said. 

"It'll be nice."

New Zealand's Diane and Mike Loake enjoyed a quiet meal at the Shamrock Hotel. 

The pair are travelling to visit their daughter in New South Wales and said it was their first time to Bendigo. 

"It is fabulous," Ms Loake said. 

"Bendigo is a lovely place." 

Bendigo Police sergeant Joel Smith said at 9.30pm New Year's Eve in Bendigo was shaping up to be uneventful. 

"So far it is pretty similar to last year," he said. 

"We have quite a few resources out and about to keep an eye on things.

"We don't really expect it to get busy until later."

For more photos of New Year's Eve in Bendigo turn to page 14. 

Send your photos to cos@bendigoadvertiser.com.au 

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