Sydney Funnel-web Spider Male Sydney funnel-web spiders are Australia's most dangerous spider. These aggressive spiders grab onto their victims and bite several times, injecting a very poisonous venom. Some people have died from the bite of these spiders, but since 1980 when a Sydney funnel-web spider antivenom was invented, no-one has died from the bite of a Sydney funnel-web spider.
The Sydney Funnel-web Spider especially favor the forested upland areas surrounding the lower, more open country of the central Cumberland Basin. This includes the Horns by Plateau to the north, the foothills of the Blue Mountains to the west, and the Woronora Plateau to the south.the eastern suburbs and the Botany Bay area. They do better in areas of sandy clay, shale or basaltic soils that can retain moisture more effectively.