Monkerai is a small rural village surrounded by the Monkerai Nature Reserve. This park was created in January 1999 and covers an area of 865 hectares. The road through the picturesque Monkerai Valley provided the main road link between the villages of Dungog and Gloucester. This road crosses the Karuah River at Monkerai with a magnificent timber truss bridge opened in 1877. Today, very few of these remain and Monkerai Bridge, classified as a Historic Bridge, is the oldest remaining timber truss bridge in New South Wales.
Monkerai also has a variety of accommodation to suit all travellers to the region.