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.