Redback spiders ramp up activity in Rockhampton
Redback spiders ramp up activity in Rockhampton

There's a redback on the toilet seat

THE lyrics of a popular Australian country music song became reality when a New South Wales-hailing truckie stopped off at the Tom Cat Rest Area beside the Pacific Highway and saw a giant redback spider in the men's toilet.

This popular rest area is situated 33km north of Taree and 87km south of Kempsey and just off the highway near the bush.

Spy heard about the truckie's encounter, which occurred in early January, while at Taree.

It was told to me by several other drivers who had been talking to the man who told them he beat a hasty retreat after lifting the seat in the men's toilet where he spotted the redback.

The Redback on the Toilet Seat is an Australian country music song written and performed by Slim Newton back in 1972.

I asked a NSW wildlife boffin about the possibility of a redback being found at that location and he said it was highly probable especially in the hot conditions.

He said from the description the spider would have been a female redback which was pregnant.

Spy was headed in the rest area direction and stopped there entering the men's dunny with extreme caution.

After lifting the lid I found no redback although it would have been long gone you would imagine after being disturbed days earlier.

At another rest area where there is a service station in close proximity, I spoke to a young female worker.

She had filled four plastic bags with rubbish left by tourists and said that four big rats were hanging around looking for scraps.

She did praise truckies saying they usually cleaned up after stopping.

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