Drop Bear

Drop Bears

A Nasty Aussie Blighter

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

You may think you have got it bad with drop bears – try living in the same gumtrees with them.

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.  With the help of my good friend, Ian Coate, I have written, “Drop Bear” to 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.

About Australia's Drop bears

Drop bears 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 drop bears 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

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

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

5 Safety Tips to Protect you from :


No. 1: Locals believe a smear of Vegemite or OzEmite on the face repels drop bears.  These Aussie products are proven drop bear repellents.  Dab it on like sun cream lotion: DB 50+.

No. 2: There are no recorded drop bear attacks on people who ventured into the bush with forks in their hair.

No. 3: It seems drop bears target people with strange accents.  To reduce risk of attack, speak with a strong Orstralyian accent saying lots of Aussie slang words.

No. 4: Swagmen found stringing corks to their hats not only kept flies away but the drop bears as well.

No. 5: It is believed drop bears react badly to salt.  That’s why many campers now make a salt ring around their tents to keep them safe.

Unknown to many, drop bears vary greatly in size. The Common Drop Bear (which most people are familiar) can grow up to 1 meter. However, the lesser known species, the Mammoth Drop Bear, 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 Drop Bears, most think the photos are fakes – much like America’s Bigfoot.

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 Drop Bears – 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 drop bear attack.

For more information about drop bears, please purchase our fun book – it’s completely safe to read to children and has a surprise ending.

A Teacher’s Praise for the DROP BEAR Book

Drop bear book

‘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

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