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It was in Sydney that the first Europeans were amazed by the aborigines ingenious returning throwing stick… the Boomerang. Learn all about Aboriginal hunting techniques & practice them first hand. Also, discover how to use a Spear Thrower or Woomera (Dharawal Aboriginal word) & hunting spear.

This is more than just a demonstration, you will have enough time & attention from your guide to gain a great throwing profficiency.

You can also buy good qualityboomerangs to give as souvenirs, or simply to use to show off your new abilities.

 

 

 

Boomerangs

Boomerangs are a symbol of Aboriginality and Australian history. A boomerang is a tool which is thrown for the purpose of, traditionally, hunting, however is used more for recreational purposes these days. They are a product of Aboriginals with their creation dating back tens of thousands of years. Boomerangs can be both returning and non-returning, the latter being used mainly for hunting. Non-returning boomerangs are the heavier and longer of the two and is designed to cause damage by be aimed at, thrown through the air and clubbing the animal, for example a kangaroo. This is contrasted to stabbing, the damage caused by the use of spears. The aim and delivery of boomerang throwing for the purpose of hunting does not have to be at the same level of accuracy as spear throwing as the boomerang will cover a greater area.

 

The other type of boomerang, the returning boomerang is a banana-shaped tool made of two wings. This was created to assist in catching birds and does not cover the same distance as non-returning boomerangs. This tool is designed to be thrown and hover over a flock of birds to look like a predator, for example a hawk, stalking them. The tribe usually accompanies this with the cry of a hawk. The ability of this tool to hover is due to its lightweight material. This would then scare them down where the Aborigines had a net prepared for them to fly into allowing them to catch the majority of the flock.

 

Today boomerangs are used for sporting and recreational purposes. International competitions are held with a variety of events and skill focused activities including long distance, accuracy and fast catch. Different materials have also been used to make boomerangs such as plywood, fibreglass and plastic as opposed to the traditionally used wood. The shape and size may also vary with some remaining the same as those created by the Aboriginals while others have evolved and developed to more modern aerodynamic forms to manipulate the direction once thrown. The boomerang has become one of the most popular souvenirs for tourism in Australia and includes both traditional and modern forms.

 

The spin of the boomerang from your throw is extremely important for the boomerang to follow a curved path and return to you.


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