|Hi John, I don't like spiders either, but these seemed quite tame - not that I touched him. They were on many plants at the hotel we were staying at on Norfolk Island, and their webs were huge - he's big too - maybe about 2+ inches counting the legs. I'd go and talk to it and take photos daily as we walked to breakfast. In about the 50 metre walk we saw about 4 of these spiders.
I'm so pleased you like it,
Golden Orb Web Spider (24)