I also hate spiders, even the tiny tiny tiny ones scare the hell out of me. In Queensland there's also a chance that a snake will appear in your toilet..
In Summer 2011 I went to australia for a month, I only saw a weird green spider in the bathroom of the host family I stayed at, didn't see any others for the rest of the month. And I was in the middle of nowhere, Melbourne and also a week in Queensland where all the deadly ones apparently are. I also went to Aussie for 17 days with my dad for my 10th Birthday, didn't see any spiders then at all and I went to Sydney, Brisbane and Port Douglas.
So, don't use the spider thing as an excuse! Just go there, you'll love love love love LOVE LOVE it!
I should be paid by Australia for promoting their country so well
Up until my daughter moved out, if there was a spider in the house I made her kill it or get it out, that is how terrified of spiders I am, like if I know one is in a certain room of the house, I wont go in that room lol... I have been fortunate since she got married and moved out and haven't seen one Hahaha.. Also snakes don't really bother me to much, though I would not like to see one in the toilet LOL!