On our previous visit to Gum Bend Lake near Condoblin, an old chap drove around the camp ground handing out flyers about the Utes in the Paddock display some kilometres east of Condoblin. As we were travelling in the opposite direction the next day we didn’t bother about it. However as we headed west from Parkes we saw the brown Tourist sign announcing the turn off to Utes in the Paddock a few kilometres ahead. We called up Mary and Ian on the UHF to check if they were interested in having a look and so we made our way a few kilometres down a dirt road not really sure what to expect.
In Australia, ute is the word we use for a utility vehicle, mostly Holdens and Fords (not to be confused with SUV – sports utility vehicle – nothing so flash as that!) which were popular from the 1950s through to the 1980s. These days the dual cab ute has taken over in popularity for use as tradies vehicles. Read more about how the idea came about at www.utesinthepaddock.com.au
Here are a few of our favourites
The detour to see these symbols Aussie icons was well worth it.