Are There Any Spiders In Sydney?

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Are you wondering about whether there are any spiders in Sydney you should be worried about? When I first came to Australia, I was so scared about it, I honestly imagined there would be hundreds of spiders crawling the streets of Sydney.

Since I’ve been living in Sydney since 2011 I’ve decided to write a post about it because I think the same question runs through so many people’s minds when making the decision about moving over.

A few friends who have moved to Australia told me how they researched the subject so much before making the move. I think the Brit’s think Sydney is like living in the jungle where we are faced with creepy crawlies and random poisonous animals on a daily basis.

The reality is there’s not really much to worry about when it comes to poisonous animals in Sydney. It is a city and Australia’s largest one with over 5 million residents. You won’t find any kangaroos or koala bears around the city for a start and when it comes to spiders you won’t find anything to seriously worry about.

Now, yes, there are red backs (the second most deadly spider in the world) that live in Australia but I’ve only seen them in the outback not ever in any city in Australia.

One thing you’ll notice is that spiders all look very different in Australia and not the common black spider you’ll see in the UK as in they come in the form of various shapes, sizes and colours!

I’ve also noticed there always seem to be more spiders by the water in Sydney. I always see them in their webs near the beaches and Sydney harbour but they are happy to chill in their webs so fear not, they won’t suddenly attack you and I’m not talking about loads, just one or two!

So it works out that the further you go out into the outback, the more likely you’ll be faced with spiders and various animals. I actually found that WA (Western Australia) had the most animals. Think snakes, spiders, guanas, kangaroos etc. But I’m not talking about Perth here, that was up north of WA and also down in the wine region of Margaret River while I spent time fruit picking there.

Chris Hemsworth face to face with a huntsman spider.

In reality do you want to know how many spiders I’ve seen in my home in Sydney in the last three years? One. Yes, that’s one. It was a huntsman, a big beast but let’s face it, it’s only one! Huntsmans are apparent in Sydney but the Australians will vouch that they are good to have around because they eat all the other bugs and cockroaches. If you ever see a huntsman, I’m not gonna lie, they are massive and hairy. But they aren’t gonna harm you and that’s the main thing.

I’ve been told funnel web spiders exist around Sydney but I’ve never, ever heard of anyone ever witnessing one before. Just be careful with this one as it’s a poisonous spider.

You know what the best thing about living with spiders if you ever see any in Sydney is? It will actually get rid of any fears you once had. And that’s coming from me, the girl who would scream if she saw the tiniest of spider just a few years ago. Also, spiders, cockroaches and any other type of bugs like mozzies only really come out in summer. You’re more than likely won’t see anything during winter!

So, I hope I’ve cleared up any fears that you might have because if you are worried about moving to Sydney because of a fear of spiders then you really don’t have anything to worry about. I can promise you that.

If you want to know how to identify a spider, check out this list to help you know whether it’s poisonous or not.

Spiders In Sydney


  1. I didn’t even notice those were fake spiders! This post totally reflects my thoughts about moving to Sydney. I am still in Copenhagen and screamed like a little girl when I saw one the other day so let’s see how I do when I first face a huntsman…

  2. Came here as part of a quest to try to identify a brown spider I’ve seen in my front yard. I’m glad you’d only seen one spider as of 2016. As a Sydney sider (not spider) I frequently see spiders of various kinds. Within a year I would see between 3 to 6 huntsmans inside my townhouse (reasonably harmless so I always let them cohabit). Tonight I found a Redback in the lounge (which are venomous but don’t kill as anti-venom is available). We did kill it. Generally speaking I do not kill spiders but thought having a Redback in close proximity not a good idea. Have never seen a funnel web (the most dangerous of Sydney spiders) but they are supposedly around. Most other spiders are pretty harmless.

  3. I was so bemused after reading this. You’re clearly not looking hard-enough for spiders. Spiders are EVERYWHERE in Sydney, and Red-Back spiders are in-fact very common. Just look under any outdoor seat, bus stop, in the corner of your garage. Ok maybe if you live in a unit (apartment) say 10 floors up you may not see a spider as much, but I bet you still will come across the odd one here and there.
    Reality is they keep to themselves and is nothing to be freaked out about. Oh and if you see a really messy looking spider web, chances are its a red-back cause either their webs are genious, or they are just plain lazy lol.

    1. No way! I have literally seen 2 huntsmans in Australia. Seen one redback but it was right in the middle of the outback. But it’s true, if you’re looking for spiders, you’re more than likely start seeing them! Good job I wasn’t looking so much 😉

  4. Red backs the second most venomous spider in the world?! Please get your facts right. They are venomous but not that venomous. The funnel web on the other hand is deadly but there is an anti venom. Lift up any brick or stone in an average Sydney garden and you will probably find red backs. If you live in a new apartment block in the city you’re less likely to experience many insects. I’ve lived in older places that have been riddled with cockroaches but spiders tend to come out when it’s warm and wet. Less likely to see much in cooler climates at altitude

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