Did You Know Rudyard Kipling Visited The Otways in 1891?
In 1907, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize, and to date he remains its youngest recipient.
He travelled to The Otway Ranges in 1891, describing Apollo Bay as “paradise by the sea” and was inspired to write this verse for his long poem Flowers.
Full version can be found here: http://www.poetryloverspage.com/poets/kipling/flowers.html
Buy my hot-wood clematis,
Buy a frond o’ fern
Gathered where the Erskine leaps
Down the road to Lorne —
Buy my Christmas creeper
And I’ll say where you were born!
West away from Melbourne dust holidays begin —
They that mock at Paradise woo at Cora Lynn —
Through the great South Otway gums sings the great South Main —
Take the flower and turn the hour, and kiss your love again!