The reserve was previously private land which was purchased as compensatory habitat to offset some of the environmental impacts of the Pacific Highway upgrade. It protects a significant stand of lowland rainforest, a community which is considered critically endangered at a national level, including what is believed to be the largest remnant of floodplain rainforest in the Brunswick Valley.
The reserve has been used as a translocation site for many threatened plant species displaced by the Pacific Highway upgrade. It is also being used as a translocation site for the hairy quandong (Elaeocarpus williamsianus), as part of the conservation plan to recover that endangered species.
Being a nature reserve, provision for visitor use is not a priority for management. As the reserve has no legal public vehicular access, opportunities for visitor use are highly constrained. However, the plan promotes engagement with the community through volunteer bush regeneration programs and the hosting of field days to promote the values of the reserve. Low key, nature-based activities such as bird watching and bushwalking are also permitted.