Inner Pocket Nature Reserve is approximately 220 hectares and was reserved in March 1989.
The reserve is surrounded by rural freehold land which is mostly forested and contains various private residences, cabins, shacks and old banana sheds. A banana farm adjoins the reserve to the north-west and beef cattle are grazed on a few other neighbouring properties to the south and east. Mount Jerusalem National Park lies 2 kilometres west of the reserve.
Inner Pocket Nature Reserve is significant because of the following key values:
- approximately 100 hectares of lowland rainforest, which is listed nationally as critically endangered
- records of 14 threatened and 7 rare plant species — some of which are at their geographical limit and/or have a very small distribution
- its location as part of a major regional wildlife corridor linking the hinterland with coastal habitat.
The events that led to the reserve’s establishment, including the NSW Heritage Council’s decision to place an Interim Conservation Order over the land when it was still freehold to halt a proposed logging operation, are considered of historic significance because these actions are very rare at a State level. This also reflects the significance of the reserve’s conservation values.