January 08, 2012

Huntsman spiders & Tropical Heatwaves – there's no place like Australia

Last September I went to Australia for my cousin’s wedding in Melbourne. It was the first time that I’d ever been in Australia and needless to say I was apprehensive after reading up on huntsman spiders:

Strangely, after spending 3 weeks in Australia I did not see any huntsman spiders at all!

I put it down to staying in a fairly nice apartment hotel in Melbourne. From what I hear, if you’re out in the sticks you will definitely see more of the wildlife.

Quite a few of my mates have gone travelling to Oz and to keep costs down they either stay in the cheapest hostels they can find or use services like campervan hire australia to allow for a bit more freedom when travelling around.

We thought it was worth hiring a campervan in Sydney for the final week of our trip. The main reasoning for this was that we wanted to explore not only the traditional Sydney tourist sights (e.g. opera house) but also do a bit of exploring on our own. Needless to say I was convinced I would see a huntsman spider in the campervan and enforced a nightly ritual of checking every inch of the van before going to sleep!

From what I hear huntsman spiders are dangerous, but not in the way you might expect. Apparently a lot of deaths are caused in australia because the spiders will drop down from the roof of people’s cars when they are driving, causing them to crash!

This was one thing I was particularly nervous about while my dad was driving us around. Again, we got lucky and didn’t see anything!

The reason I decided to post this now, is that one of my friends has spotted a huntsman, or something very similar in his house. I’m now paranoid we’re on the verge of a spider invasion (I read something in The Sun a few months back suggesting 2012 will be a year of spiders in the UK).

Let’s just hope that doesn’t happen.


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  1. Sue

    My sister went to Florida last year and there was an infestation of bed bugs which made her a bit paronoid for several months in case they’d brought any back with them! The hand looks more gruesome than the spider in your picture!

    08 Jan 2012, 14:27

  2. Haha – yes that isn’t a very nice looking hand!

    08 Jan 2012, 15:12

  3. Warren Bennison

    I was planning on moving to Australia this year with my family then I discovered the huntsman!! I had to cancel my Plans as I am terrified of even the large black house spiders we get here in the uk. There were a few videos on you tube that freaked me out. It’s such a pity because the jobs I was looking at, the houses and the general lifestyle all seemed so much better. Damn huntsman!!!!

    14 Apr 2012, 06:49


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