Utes in the Paddock

We hadn’t planned to travel from Parkes to Griffith via Condobolin; the original plan was to drive via Forbes. But when we took an unplanned, but very enjoyable trip to Forbes yesterday, I thought we should try an alternative. In the end, it didn’t add much time to our trip, but resulted in a very enjoyable discovery.

Utes in the Paddock was a concept brought to fruition by Jana and Graham Pickles of Burrawang West Station which has significantly increased visitation to the Central West region over the last eight years. Lachlan Shire Council is honoured to be entrusted as caretaker of the gallery and has committed to dedicate time, energy and marketing resources to further develop and promote the outdoor gallery into the future.

It has been eight years since the first Ute began the outdoor gallery near Ootha and four years since the last of 20 “Ute works” was installed. It has been moved to Condobolin and today, Utes in the Paddock attracts thousands of visitors who view the collection for the first time or revisit this unique Australian bush attraction.


As we walked past the exhibition of about a dozen utes, there were lots of laugh out loud moments. Judging by the reaction of the dozen or so other people also walking around, we weren’t the only ones.

There’s heaps more, but these were my favourites. If you’re ever travelling in the area around Condobolin (it’s almost the dead centre, geographically speaking of NSW), I’d highly recommend taking some time to stop, visit and enjoy this wonderful outdoor exhibtion.

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