Crookwell is an attractive small town north west of Goulburn. The town is not on any major destination routes so that determines a diversion is necessary. That diversion is well worth the effort. Crookwell is a neat and proud community.
Most employment is based on rural industries, there being a very strong agriculturally based economy. The district is renowned for potato farming, or 'spud digging', hence people who reside in Crookwell are often referred to as 'spud diggers'.
Crookwell is also home to NSW's first wind farm. The wind farm consisting of 8 poles is located 8 minutes out of Crookwell on the Goulburn road. The "windmill" operates automatically when there is 15 km/h wind and shuts off when wind speed reaches 72 km/h. There is controversy about its aesthetic appeal amongst Crookwell and surrounding residents, and forms a curious tourist attraction amidst the general decline of sheep farming and the continued drought in the area.