Clubs & Runways Lily Airfield (YTLY), WA

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Lily Airfield (YTLY), WA

Set amongst the brooding landscape of the Stirling Range, you’ll find The Lily Airfield (YTLY), a little slice of Dutch heaven. The property features a 16th Century replica Dutch windmill, replica Dutch cottages and a Dakota DC-3 aircraft refurbished into accommodation. It’s a visit you’re unlikely to forget.


This is a private airstrip owned by The Lily accommodation and is 47NM from Albany. The airstrip is adjacent to their operating Dutch Windmill and you are able to park your plane close to the accommodation provided – call ahead so they can check the condition of the strip before you arrive.


Believed to be the only accommodation of its kind in the world, you can stay in The Lily’s refurbished Dakota DC-3, one of
the most iconic and successful planes ever built. For a few more creature comforts, you can stay in one of their gorgeous selfcontained Dutch cottages, the old winery quarters or millers quarters.


Let’s start with the windmill. Personally constructed by Pleun, their five-storey Dutch windmill turns out stone-ground spelt flour, which is available for purchase on site. An experienced pilot himself, Pleun enjoys the company of touring pilots and loves chatting all things aviation. There are some wonderful hikes nearby including Bluff Knoll, Toolbrunup and Mt Magog, so make sure you pack some sturdy boots. If you visit in Spring, you’ll be treated to some of the most beautiful and abundant wildflowers in the country, with over 1,500 species growing in the area.


Breakfast baskets are available for guests to cook up in the selfcontained accommodation. Bring some extra supplies with you so you can cook up a storm. The Bluff Knoll Café is also a short drive down the road.

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