Mining of mineral sands has benefited the economy of the Capel Shire, which was previously a prevalent farming area.
Other innovative and divergent agricultural pursuits have aided progression in the area.
Tourism and sport are also becoming important enterprises in the Shire.
Agricultural pursuits include dairy, beef as well as alpacas, orchards, viticulture and aquaculture, challenge dairies, poultry farming.
The Shire is popular for hobby farms and often an area selected by those who live alternative lifestyles.