The Australian Reptile Park and Wildlife Sanctuary
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Spider First Aid & Drop-off Points

What you need to know about spiders

There are five spiders that regularly cause concern to members of the public in this area. Of these only the funnel-webs and red-backs are currently considered dangerous though there are others, such as mouse spiders, which are rarely encountered but potentially dangerous. Any spider larger in size than a dollar coin should be treated with respect, as all spiders have venom glands, though only the large species have fangs able to puncture human skin. The following safety rules apply to all spiders:

  1. Do not leave clothes, shoes, towels, etc. on the floor
  2. Check shoes before putting them on
  3. Do not walk about at night without footwear
  4. Do not handle spiders that appear to have drowned in pools, buckets, etc.
  5. Wear gloves when gardening or working outside

First Aid

  1. Keep the bite victim calm and immobile.
  2. For a funnel-web bite, apply a pressure-immobilization bandage to the bite site and the adjacent limb. For example, a bite on the finger should be treated by bandaging the entire arm. Further restrict movement by applying a splint.
  3. For a red-back bite, the only first aid required is the application of an ice pack to the bite site to reduce the pain.
  4. Seek emergency medical assistance immediately.

Common Australian Spiders

FUNNEL-WEB SPIDER ( Atrax sp. and Hadronyche sp.)

RED-BACKED SPIDER ( Latrodectus hasselti )

WHITE-TAILED SPIDER ( Lampona cylindrata )


HUNTSMAN SPIDER (Various species)

Drop-off Points for Spider Anti-Venom Program


Region Collection Point Area Hours


New Lambton Heights

John Hunter Hospital
Lookout Rd, New Lambton Heights

Pathology 24hrs 7 days
Greenhills Greenhills Veterinary Clinic, Mitchell Drive, Greenhills Vet Rooms 7am-9pm Mon-Thurs
7am-6pm Fri
7am-4pm Sat

Belmont Hospital
550-560 Croudace Bay Rd, Belmont

Pathology or Emergency 7am-3.30pm Mon-Fri
24hrs 7 days 

Central Coast


Gosford Hospital
Racecourse Rd, Gosford

Pathology 9am-5pm Mon-Fri
9am-3pm Sat & Sun

Wyoming Veterinary Hospital
24 Cary Street, Wyoming

Vet Rooms 24hrs 7 days

Wyong Hospital
Pacific Highway, Wyong

Emergency 24hrs 7 days



Sutherland Hospital
The Kingsway, Caringbah

Emergency 24hrs 7 days
Brookvale Anteater Environmental Pest Services. 32 Roger St Brookvale Upstairs at Main Office 8am-5pm Mon-Fri
Broadway University of Technology
No.1 Broadway, Broadway

Dept. of Medical & Molecular Bio Science, Level 6
City Campus
9514 2230

9.00am-5.00pm Mon-Fri


Hornsby Hospital
Palmerston Rd, Hornsby

Reception 24hrs 7 days

Hawkesbury City Council, George St, Windsor

Environment & Development Counter 8.30am-5pm Mon-Wed/Fri
8.30am-7.30pm Thurs 


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