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Burn­ing Man meets Wood­stock at the Lost Par­adise in­die fes­ti­val. The small­est, most al­ter­na­tive and tribal of Aus­tralian fes­ti­vals, it grew out of the Peats Ridge Fes­ti­val – held in the same NSW lo­ca­tion un­til 2013 – that made An­gus & Ju­lia Stone a house­hold name. They will be the head­line act at only the sec­ond run­ning of Lost Par­adise over New Year.

A de­light­fully bo­hemian gath­er­ing of more than 6000 mostly east coast 18 to 35-year-olds, plus a few “old hip­pies”, it will em­brace new ex­pe­ri­ences, com­mu­nity and cre­ativ­ity dur­ing a three-day es­cape of mu­sic, art, yoga, food and more, an hour north of Syd­ney in the lush Glen­worth Val­ley.

Aside from the mu­sic – ev­ery­thing from in­die rock to cut­ting-edge elec­tronic – this year’s fes­ti­val prom­ises long-ta­ble feasts cu­rated by top Syd­ney chefs, yoga classes from yin to acro hosted by “top yo­gis”, mas­sage, art in­stal­la­tions, a cir­cus, spa, a group skinny dip in the river on New Year’s Eve, dres­sup party and ac­tiv­i­ties such as ab­seil­ing, quad bik­ing, horse rid­ing and laser tag. If you want to go a lit­tle more up­mar­ket than BYO camp­ing, op­tions range from glamp­ing in rain­bow teepees to he­li­copter ar­rivals.

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