With its coastal and estuary scenery and abundant wildlife, the popular holiday spot of Dawesville is a boating, fishing and bushwalking playground. You can also test your swing on one of Australia's best golf courses and encounter the rare and curious living fossils known as thrombolites.

Nestled between the Indian Ocean and Peel Inlet, this laidback town is just over an hour south of Perth by car, yet a world away from the city and bustling Mandurah 20 minutes to the north.

The Peel Inlet and Harvey Estuary make the area a mecca for fishing and bird-watching enthusiasts alike. Together with nearby Lake Clifton in Yalgorup National Park, these inland waters are an internationally significant habitat for water birds and one of the few places in the world that supports thrombolites - rock-like formations built over millions of years by some of the oldest known organisms on Earth.

With a host of exciting walking trails, picnic facilities and camping sites to choose from, there are lots of opportunities to get nearer to nature and admire the region's rich flora and fauna.

Alternatively, you can take a stroll with a set of clubs at Port Bouvard and test your golfing skills on one of Australia's finest courses, overlooking the Indian Ocean. When you're ready for the 19th tee, head to the magnificent five star clubhouse and Mediterranean restaurant.

In addition to camping, you'll find a range of accommodation options in Dawesville and the surrounding area, from chalets, caravan parks and holiday villages, to secluded hideaway cabins and spa sanctuaries.