It is situated at 850 metres above sea level and 85 km from Sydney "as the crow flies" but more than 2 hours by car. The area has a wet micro climate and rich basalt soils, weathered from ancient volcanics. Rainfall is in excess of 1,500mm a year and vegetation is predominately temperate rain forest. The area is typified by some spectacular temperate gardens, similar to those in the neighbouring area of Mount Wilson.
There are only 20 or so properties with a small amount of commercial activity; mainly walnut and chestnut groves. There is no mainstream commercial farming, and organic methods are widely used.