Out of area ID -Spider

To: Canberra Birds <>
Subject: Out of area ID -Spider
From: Denise Kay <>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:28:21 +0000
Good morning 

Can I please beg the indulgence of the group in ID’ing this quite sizeable spider I discovered in my garden this morning. Probably about 2-2.5 cm head to tail. 

I suspect a Funnell web but I have never encountered one in Canberra before .

The photo on the right is a tunnel/funnell  type web that I pulled out of a tree fern exposing the spider.That was a shock !! 

Can anyone help…please

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