How can I identify a spider?

Find a spider, based in southern Queensland, is a comprehensive website covering many spider species living in NSW. is a new Australian spider field guide, a work-in-progress with additions made continually.

The Australian Museum has a common spider photo guide and a web-to-spider identification guide.

For further help, call the Museum's Search and Discovery Unit: (02) 9320 6202.

Is it venomous?

Gosford Reptile Park and Knockout Pest Control also have a quick identification guides to venomous Australian spiders.

Where to take funnel-web spiders

The reptile park collects venom for the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories to make antivenom. Their funnel-web spider program always needs male specimens which can be dropped off in the Greater Sydney area.

View the drop-off points