Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Anangu culture has a set of social behaviours and customs that are considered good manners. Here are some that you should know.

  • Please respect the wishes of Anangu by not climbing Uluru.
  • Anangu traditionally greet each other by saying ‘palya’, a word that can also mean welcome, thank you, understood, ok and goodbye. Greeting Anangu with a friendly ‘palya’ while in the park is a simple way to show respect for the local culture.
  • Anangu often address each other using kinship terms rather than personal names.
  • Like most people, Anangu appreciate privacy and respect. Some of them may find constant eye contact uncomfortable.
  • In Anangu culture it is important to listen closely and consider your response carefully before giving an answer. If someone remains silent when you are talking to them, please don’t assume they are ignoring you – they are most likely listening or thinking about their response.
  • Please do not enter or photograph restricted areas, including sacred sites, ceremonial sites, burial grounds and people’s homes.
  • Always ask for permission before photographing Anangu.
  • Make sure you get a permit for any images of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park that you want to use for commercial purposes. You can find out more about the cultural protocols around taking pictures on our photography page.