A returning boomerang was designed for hunting purposes but is also used for sport and entertainment. Constructed as a flat airfoil and designed to spin, it is of an axis perpendicular to direct its flight. The purpose of the returning boomerang is designed to return to the thrower. It is well-known as a weapon used by Indigenous Australians for hunting and is commonly thought of as an Australian icon.
The returning boomerang comes in various shapes and sizes, and is traditionally made from local bush timber.