At its northern end, the road passes through imposing plantations of pine trees that supply the sawmills of Oberon.
It is mostly sealed, having undergone extensive work between 2002 and 2007. The only unsealed section remaining as at November 2007 was around 5km long, located between the Abercrombie River and the end of Wombeyan Caves Road. The Upper Lachlan Shire Council have received a grant of $710,000 over 3 years from the New South Wales Government to cover one third of the cost of realigning and sealing that remaining section and will allocate $1,420,000 of council funds over those three years to complete the work.
In conjunction with O'Connell Road from Oberon to Bathurst, this scenic route provides a leisurely and surprisingly direct route between Bathurst and Goulburn. The descent into the Abercrombie River Gorge from the North is particularly scenic.
The Wombeyan Caves Road, leading through the Wombeyan Caves reserve and on to Mittagong starts at the locality of Richlands, around half way between Goulburn and Oberon. The Laggan-Taralga Road from Crookwell ends in the historic town of Taralga a little further south. The Bannaby road to the locality of Bannaby also starts in Taralga.