I love the idea of sending postcards, but I can never find cards that really capture the true spirit of a country. They all feature fuzzy wildlife and corny clichés. Sure those things can be found if you go poking around in the wilderness, but let’s be honest here: in my home city of Melbourne, I see a lot more of these hairy fellows than fuzzy koalas …

Sharing a home with hand-sized huntsman spiders is just one of the great features of this fine country.

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25 Response Comments

  • Sally  August 5, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Ahhhhh! I’m never moving to Australia… and if I do, I’m carrying Raid with me at all times.

    • Torre DeRoche  August 5, 2011 at 4:01 am

      Raid will not help you. It just makes them run around psychotically for about 45 minutes before they finally find a cozy place to die, like your pillow. The best solution is to capture them in a glass, throw them over the back fence and make it someone else’s problem. Or you can squash them, but they can be very juicy. I once saw someone stomp on a pregnant huntsman, and the juice arched up to hip level. Sorry. This just keeps getting worse. Wish you were here!

      • Sally  August 5, 2011 at 4:04 am

        And… there goes my breakfast. Thanks. Really.

  • Julia @ Turkey's For Life  August 5, 2011 at 5:13 am

    I’d love to visit Australia but the spiders and snakes thing just terrifies the life out of me – especially now you’ve shown us these postcards of spiders hiding in the fruit! 🙂

    • Torre DeRoche  August 5, 2011 at 5:16 am

      If Australia terrifies the life out of you, then it HAS to be your next adventure. If it doesn’t get your heart racing, what’s the point? Comfort and safety is for people who live in hospices.

  • Liv  August 5, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I saw a book the other day called “Come to Australia and DIE!” I love the image Australia has as a place that you are in fear for your life all the time and grateful to make it through each day. I feel like I’m building up bragging rights by living here ;o)

  • Meg  August 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Ha! That’s cute… and the reason that scares me the most about visiting Australia. I hate spiders….my palms sweat when they are close. Yikes! My bf went to New York with his sister and instead of sending the traditional Empire state building postcard they took crazy pictures of themselves and sent them to the family. It was really cute.

  • Denise  August 5, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    oh my. I’ll be moving to Melbourne next year so…I need to ask…are they dangerous?

  • Debbie Beardsley  August 5, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Oooh this is creepy and I am not sure this postcard would make anyone visit Australia. As they say, the truth hurts! My skin is crawling now.

  • BlackChickOnTour  August 5, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    No. I can’t do it. That things is scary creepy and just this photo has me at risk for dreaming about that creature. LOL. OMG. I just read your response to Sally, “they can be quite juicy.” Thanks for that one.

    I wonder if I’m at spider risk if I stay in a fabulous hotel, and I don’t camp out.

  • Wanda St.Hilaire  August 6, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    EEEEEWWWW. I have arachnophobia. Not going!

    I’m new to our travel memoir writing group and have quickly become a fan of your writing and graphic design work. Love it.

    If you still work on other gigs, I’ll be checking in with you on my next memoir cover!

  • bronnie  August 12, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Haha, I love Australia, but hate the creepy crawlies. And I’d rather a spider than a snake!

  • Leif  August 12, 2011 at 4:18 am

    Hahaha, thats cute

  • Chris Walker-bush  August 12, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Huntsmen are the only part of Australian fauna that terrify me. Strange but true.

    I’ve had to kill venomous snakes and I’ve been chased by a surly red kangaroo. Swooped by rabid magpies and shared space with funnel webs – but put a huntsman in my eyeline and I turn to jelly. *Shudder*

  • Faith  August 12, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    My husband keeps talking about going to Australia, but the only thing I think of when I hear the word Australia is spiders!

  • Laural Out Loud  August 22, 2011 at 5:45 am

    Oh. My. God. My scalp is tingling just looking at those pictures! Me and spiders do not mix well. Not at all. GAH!

  • Julia  August 25, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Oh my gosh! I lived and traveled through AU for 6 months and I totally agree with this! There are so many creepy crawlers that it was actually very interesting to see them all. I enjoyed walking through the rainforest and identifying bugs that I would never see here in the States, HOWEVER, when I found them in my place of living or even in my hair (several times!) I did not enjoy them as much! haha

  • Shannon  September 19, 2011 at 6:25 am

    Huntsman? Nice postcard, I would prefer these over those commercially produced/photographed postcards. There are many postcard services you can use now that will let you send a postcard of yourself or anything you want (when appropriate of course) as you mentioned already.

    Though I have to be honest, those huntsman don’t look huge as proclaimed (at least not in the perspective of the pics in the postcard 🙂

    • Torre DeRoche  September 22, 2011 at 8:57 am

      They’re usually about the side of the palm of your hand, but sometimes they’re large and juicy. It’s not the size that makes them scary—it’s the way they move. One minute, it’ll be on your wall, and then you blink and it’s gone … but where?! They move like freaks.

  • Mark Timmermans  September 22, 2011 at 3:48 am

    Spiders, Blah, freaky but usually harmless in Melbourne, try Scorpions living in the sand in Dubai ! Theres lots of sand here, so lots of bloody scorpions ! Loved your book Torre, got it from Amazon.com
    Life is an adventure, good on you for sailing the pacific, big up’s girl !

    • Torre DeRoche  September 22, 2011 at 8:55 am

      Thanks Mark! I’m glad you enjoyed the book.
      And no thanks on the Dubai scorpions. Gross.

  • Patricia GW  October 11, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Ahhh! This is exactly why I’m scared to visit Australia!!! Are these spiders really very common in the cities?

  • Sam @ Green Global Travel  October 7, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    This is an awesome idea! I wish I thought of it when I was living in Australia, my family would have freaked out.


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