I was lucky enough to meet two people who were outrageously interesting during our trip. We traveled VERY FAR from Chillagoe and went to the rain forest region of Australia. We only had two days there, so as soon as we made it we met up with our rain forest guide, Alan. He was a hoot, and another person who knew a lot about everything.
When I mentioned my search for spiders, he was very eager to help me find some. Though it had been raining and it was difficult to find webs, we stumbled across this little picnic area that had become a spider haven.
Alan told us little tidbits about all the spiders we saw there, and I stood on a picnic table to get pictures…
Below is a golden orb spider, and she seemed huge at the time. Alan quickly corrected me, though, telling me that she was actually quite a young and small golden orb.
I would say she was about 4-5 inches long including legs.