Drop Bear Books

Dropbear book by Ian Coate

Dropbear attackIf Australia wasn’t dangerous enough with all the snakes, spiders, sharks and crocs – the last thing you want to be dealing with is dropbears – what a pest.

Dropbears live high in the Australian gumtrees waiting in ambush for unwary bush walkers to pass by.

Drop bears are horrible creatures and it’s about time someone wrote a book and warned people about this rotten blighter.

Well – wait no longer.  The fully illustrated children's book, “Drop Bear” give everyone a “heads-up” about this nasty Aussie predator lurking high up in the tall gum trees.

If you haven’t heard about Australia’s drop bear, this book is a must read – it may save you the next time you go walking in the bush. 

A Teacher’s Praise for the DROP BEAR Book
Drop Bear Book with Teacher reading

'I teach 2-4 year olds. I read the Drop Bear book to my class and they were utterly enthralled. I have read it so many times at their request that I never want to read it again. I put on a funny voice for the drop bear and now they do too.
We have made our own drop bear with a warning sign and glued it to a branch. The drop bear has fallen from his branch on a few occasions – with loads of screams from the children. The kids have decided the outdoor rest area is now the drop bear's den.' Angela

Free Teacher’s Resources for the DROP BEAR Book
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About Australia's Drop Bear
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Dropbears have been undetected in the Australian bush for many years.  Now more and more people have become aware of this little Aussie predator lurking high up in the tall gum trees.

Stories of dropbears are whispered around campfires, Bush guides warn unsuspecting tourists, Rangers put out signs, Aussie soldiers are trained to avoid them and the scouts are always prepared.


Look up and Live
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When walking in the Australian bush, get your eyes off your phones and up into the trees.  Dropbears wait in ambush and they love to fall on bushwalkers who aren’t paying attention.

Like magpies, dropbears will seldom attack those who are looking in their direction.  They prefer the stealth-drops – so look up and live.  


dropbears and vegemite Locals believe a smear of Vegemite or OzEmite on the face repels dropbears.  These Aussie products are proven drop bear repellents.  Dab it on like sun cream lotion: DB 50+.
Safe from Drop bears There are no recorded dropbear attacks on people who ventured into the bush with forks in their hair.


Australian Tourists It seems dropbears target people with strange accents.  To reduce risk of attack, speak with a strong Orstralyian accent saying lots of Aussie slang words.
Swagman Swagmen found stringing corks to their hats not only kept flies away but the dropbears as well.
Preparing tents from a drop bear attack It is believed dropbears react badly to salt.  That’s why many campers now make a salt ring around their tents to keep them safe.
Mammoth Dropbears
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Unknown to many, dropbears vary greatly in size. The Common Dropbear (which most people are familiar) can grow up to 1 meter. However, the lesser known species, the Mammoth Dropbear, can grow to a massive five meters.

Sightings are rare, but every so often a drop bear is filmed or caught on camera.  Fortunately for the Mammoth Dropbears, most think the photos are fakes – much like America’s Bigfoot.

Dropbear Chart


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When the first settlers drove into Australia’s large forests their wagons were crushed into a million splinters when they drove under the huge trees

When World War One started and Australia feared it would be invaded, a cunning defence plan was devised involving the Mammoth Dropbears – they became Australia’s secret weapon, trained to squash invading tanks and vehicles. This training continues today – but that’s a story for another time.

In Conclusion

Remember to keep your heads up when walking in the Australian bush. 

Hopefully, this page has done a great public service and will save many people from a dropbear attack.

The Drop Bear Book is a fun read and is suitable for young children.

Read this Aussie book to your kids, then take them for a bush walk – they’ll love it.  But watch out for Drop Bears.

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