With the fifth iteration of Lost Paradise drawing near and not much on the horizon in Asia, our hearts are set on heading down under to ring in the New Year.

The four-day extravaganza has curated a mind-blowing program full of art, themed camps, fashion markets, yoga, bingo, karaoke, aerial artists, roving performers, massage, talks, workshops, classes and food. Music, art, revelry, connection and discovery await just an hour north of Sydney, making Lost Paradise a veritable wonderland of joy.

But if that's not enough to convince you, here's why New Year’s Eve at Lost Paradise is the best idea you didn’t have (until now).

1. RARELY DOES ASIA GET A LINEUP LIKE THIS

First and foremost, the lineup is worth the trip on its own. Irish duo Bicep are scheduled for a live show, Brazil's finest export ANNA is on the bill, everyone’s favorite Peggy Gou is making an appearance, KiNK will hit the stage with a live performance too and M.I.A. is in for her first show in Australia since 2013. Even UK math-rock band Foals are even flying over for a DJ set. The lineup is mammoth and spans multiple styles and sounds, something we rarely see in Asia with many of the names announced having never even touched down on the continent before. See the full lineup below.

2. SOME LIKE IT HOT

With December ushering in the first months of summer, Australia’s climate is sizzling hot when most of the world is in the dead of winter. Lost Paradise’s home is in Glenworth Valley and is just a one-hour drive from Sydney making beaches like the famous Bondi Beach easily doable before or after the festival. Besides, what better way to nurse a hangover than with a beach day?

3. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Nestled amid nature within the stunning surrounds of Glenworth Valley, the Lost Paradise experience includes ringing in the New Year in nature. The area is famous for over 3,000 acres of wilderness and is home to wildlife like kangaroos, koalas and more—not to mention its popularity amongst horseback riders. Get in some recovery time amid the trees, and leave with one-of-a-kind photos you can’t snap in Asia. This applies for the breaths of fresh air you’ll get too.

4. NOTHING TO DO FOR NYE?

Surprisingly, Asia’s New Year’s Eve calendar isn’t all the impressive cosidering its high season. Sure, you’ll got a few club nights rolling out a few big names, but nothing epic that’s worth the costs that come with travelling at that time. But Lost Paradise has changed the game with a soaring number of travelers heading down under as a result of how easy it is. Round up the pack and do something different this New Year’s Eve.

5. RIDICULOUSLY CHEAP FLIGHTS

Budget airlines like Air Asia, Scoot, Jet Airways, Cebu Pacific and more are making flight between Asia and Australia cheap and accessible to a generation that thrives upon music tourism. A non-stop flight from Singapore to Sydney clocks in at just under eight hours and Bangkok about nine hours making an overnight flight convenient and painless.

6. IT'S NOT JUST A MUSIC FESTIVAL

Lost Paradise offers more beyond music, and within the Shambhala Fields you’ll find unique and immersive talks, workshops and yoga to catalyze learning, growing and connecting as a community. Delve further into the bamboo oasis to immerse yourself in activities like laughter yoga, belly dancing workshops, hula hoping classes or take a trip into the world of witchcraft, sound healing and even participate in a cacao ceremony. Conversations surrounding mental health and how bees and ants can save our cities will also keep your mind stimulated and satisfied.

7. A CULTURE TRIP

While New Year’s Eve is typically reserved for the party of the year, a trip to a foreign country usually requires to heavy dose of culture to be worth the extra time and travel. But if all you have time for is a quick dip in and out of Australia, you’ll get it all at Lost Paradise. To start, the festival boasts and indigenous culture area called Boardi where you can exchange stories with aboriginal elders. To add to that, there are healing arts led by wisdom keepers that share their lived experiences and teaching and, obviously, the foundation of every culture trip—food.

Lost Paradise runs from December 28th, 2018 to January 1st, 2019 in Glenworth Valley, just one hour north of Sydney. Tickets start at AU$359 for 3 days and can be purchased on Pulse.

Photo credit:

Nathan Bonnici
Jordan Munns
Orbitz Bondi
Boaz
Cai Griffin
Air Asia
Gabe Tiano
Jordan Munns