The biggest spider I have seen in Australia so far

It had to be 8-10 feet long, hanging on a web above a main road, coincidentally outside the Museum of Tropical Queensland.

All I am going to say is that I am glad they aren’t actually this big. They would rule the world. 

Maybe all spiders here will seem small from now on? I can only hope…

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59 thoughts on “The biggest spider I have seen in Australia so far”

  1. Wicked mate. I got to catch a hop at Christmas ’72 down to Perth. We did some surfing while there, and one evening some girls picked us up for a night on the town. As I was ironing a shirt to go out in, a darn spider kept watching its reflection in the iron. Then he touched it and let out an awful bark, jumping half way cross the room. I did share this story with a friend here in UT back in the late 90’s, and he said they were hookers, and always went for the military guys first.

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    1. Haha reading this I thought you meant the spiders were hookers that go for military guys first πŸ˜‚

      Sounds like you had a fun time! Doesn’t sound like the spider did though.

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      1. They called them barking spiders, and I didn’t know spiders could jump either. I grew up on a farm in Nebraska my 1st 10 years, and thought I’d seen it all. But Australia took all the weird stuff when they started moving south. The women were awesome too.

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      1. I don’t know how you guys do it stay out there…I would be stressed for the week seeing that spider. I see small spiders and they get on my nerves.

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      2. Thankfully I haven’t seen a real spider yet that is as large as my hand, but the guys in my hostel have seen them during their last farm shift. So it is coming! I am just trying not to think about it until then!

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      3. Yeah, so currently I am on a one year holiday visa, but this can be increased to two years with 88 days farm work in a rural area. So I have just started this two days ago, I am in a rural town called Ayr, new post with an update soon! I plan to stay here and do my 88 days work whilst staying in a hostel that specialises in organising fat work, so far I have completed two of these days. Big but no huge spiders yet! πŸ™‚

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      4. Of course! I will be working on various farms, depending on there the demand is during that week. So far, I’ve had consistent work on an Achacha farm. I’m not sure if you know this fruit (I hadn’t heard of them!), they are egg sized orange fruits with a big seed and a sweet taste and a white, creamy texture when bitten into. They are quite expensive as not many places grow them around the world!

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      1. Now that I’ve been jumping into bushes on rural farms and haven’t been attacked by anything (although there are lots of spiders) I’ve realised Australia isn’t as scary as I thought. But in the cities you will be fine for sure πŸ™‚ just stay out of the water!


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