The primary range of the Australian funnel-web spiders is the eastern coast of Australia, with specimens found in New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, and Queensland. The only Australian states or territories without funnel-webs are Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Orb-weaver spiders or araneids are members of the spider family Araneidae. They are the most common group of builders of spiral wheel-shaped webs often found in gardens, fields and forests. "Orb" was previously used in English to mean "circular", hence the English name of the group.
All spiders produce silk, but not all of them use that silk to make webs for catching prey. Among web-building spiders, different families spin their webs in different patterns. By looking at the shape and structure of a spider web, you usually can determine the type of spider that built it.