Set 270km from Brisbane in the south-western corner of the Darling Downs, the Macintyre Brook town of Inglewood was once little more than a midway inn-stop for coach passengers travelling the route of what is now the Cunningham Highway between Warwick and Goondiwindi.
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.