Stroud is growing after many decades of relative stability. The township population rose from 558 to just under 1000 in the 15 years to 2008. Improved regional roads and motorways have helped draw new residents from the Newcastle district and Sydney.
Underpinning the attractiveness of Stroud are its well‐preserved 19th century townscape, centred on the four St. John’s buildings, the local pride in its historic heritage, its location as a gateway to Barrington Tops and Gloucester Tops and the recent diversifying of rural activities. The latter include wine growing alongside the more traditional cattle, timber and poultry. Tourist interest is growing, with consequent economic benefits.
Stroud is well positioned to capture a public increasingly interested in Australian history. This is already demonstrated by the signatures in St John’s Church visitors book, which daily records the names of a steady stream of Australian and overseas trtavellers. Those who have developed the Stroud Heritage Conservation Trust strategy believe that conservation of the St. John's Group of Buildings will enhance Stroud as a tourist destination and ensure that Stroud prospers. St. John's is open to visitors every day, protected by video surveillance. Quambi is open Sundays or by appointment.