Former airliner to serve guests in WA

A 71-year old World War II Douglas DC3 aircraft will soon be added to the existing self-contained cottage-style options available to guests at The Lily, located about 100km north of Albany in the Stirling Range National Park.

Pleun and Hennie Hitzert acquired the ex USAF, KLM, Garuda DC3 in 2012 and have spent the past two years refurbishing its interior to create unique accommodation space on their rural West Australian property.

Pleun and Hennie came to Australia from The Netherlands in 1980 and bought the property in 1989, fitting it out with a Dutch windmill, restaurant and vineyard

A belly landing at Broome in 1974 ended the DC3’s flying career but it is now destined to board guests once again.

Mr Hitzert is hoping to have the DC3 accommodation ready by late October in time for the commemorative events of the Anzac anniversary in Albany.

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