Buy an Authentic Aboriginal Boomerang!
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boomerangs used as percussionThe boomerang is a long range weapon of the Australian Aborigines and is also called Kylie (an Aboriginal word).
The oldest known wooden returning boomerangs were found in peat at Wyrie Swamp, South Australia, and are dated to be about 10,000 years old. There are older rock paintings depicting boomerangs and it is probable that the Australian Aborigines first used the boomerang somewhere between 25,000 and 50,000 years ago.

Australian Aborigines have been making boomerangs for a very long time - for hunting, tribal warfare and also as musical instruments in secret ceremonies and corroborees.

Boomerangs are traditionally fashioned from Mulga or Black Wattle. A returning boomerang was made from roots of these trees which already had the right shape. This is because the tips of a boomerang tend to break off when it hits the ground unless the grain of the wood follows the shape.

Different kinds of boomerang and their uses

some of our boomerangs for sale - visit our shop to see our full boomerang rangeFighting boomerangs also called killer boomerangs - are larger and heavier and have a distinctive hook shape. They were used in tribal warfare and could inflict serious wounds and they were also used to bring down medium size prey like wallabies, goannas etc.

For ceremonial purposes boomerangs were richly decorated with Aboriginal Artwork. Usually the decorations related specifically to the corroboree or ceremony where the boomerangs were to be used.

In ceremonies, two boomerangs are hit together back to back like clap sticks producing a softer rhythm. Singers and dancers use boomerangs or clap sticks to keep rhythm, while the didgeridoo player paints a musical picture to the story line... evoking animal sounds, the wind in the trees etc.

Choose from our range of boomerangs for sale

boomerangs in use at a corroboree

The Didjshop has various authentic Australian Aboriginal boomerangs for sale.

We offer a range of:

  • painted boomerangs
  • burned boomerangs
  • hook boomerangs
  • killer boomerangs
  • club boomerangs

You can buy painted and burned boomerangs in a range of different sizes and prices.

All our boomerangs are crafted out of solid timber not plywood, usually black wattle. They are painted or burned by Aboriginal people with traditional animal designs.

Click here to check out the Didjshop's range of boomerangs.