It is working to become the olive capital of Australia. Olive growing is a comparatively new industry in the area. Other established industries include sheep and cattle raising, grain growing and timber harvesting. Tobacco growing was common over the last 50 years.
As beef and sheep herders moved west, however, that lone hostelry, Brown’s Inn, gradually grew into a town. Today pastoralists have diversified into lucerne, grain, fodder crops and cotton, thanks to irrigation from the Coolmunda Dam.
Twenty kilometres east of the town, the dam is a favourite haunt of boaties, anglers and flocks of pelicans and swans. The creeks and weirs round Inglewood also reward the enthusiastic angler with catches of yellow-belly, perch, catfish and what the locals claim as some of the finest Murray cod in the land. Cod in the 13.5 to 18kg range are landed consistently. Private wild pig and dear hunting safaris can be arranged through the local motels.