Thousands of spiders and their webs blanketed bushland in Australia's state of Victoria, after heavy rain and flooding hit the region.

Webs covered road signs, tall grass and trees near the town of Longford, in the Gippsland region of the state.

The spiders moved to higher ground to escape the saturated ground, local media reported, spinning giant cobwebs in order to shelter themselves from the damp.

A low pressure weather system brought flooding in Gippsland last week, leading to at least one fatality, and an evacuation order issued for residents in the town of Traralgon.