Australian Rainbows

Australian Rainbows is open daily from 10.30am - 3.30pm

Lorikeets 18Australian Rainbows was offically opened on the 24th July 2014 during a private event by the mayor of Colchester. The mayor, mayoress and a number of guests were then invited to take a tour of the tropical walkthrough and its facilities before getting the chance to feed these colourful birds a treat of nectar. 

Work to transform the Wild About Animals Theatre into the aviary began in January 2014. The theatre stage and seating were removed and the roof replaced to give the correct 'tropical rainforest' atmosphere. Inside, the rock work for the waterfall and large pond were added, complete with water for the rainbow fish which also inhabit the enclosure. The installation of the colourful gardens and green walls completed the project so visitors are able to journey through this exotic aviary of lorikeets, with the chance to get up close with these birds whilst feeding them a pot of golden nectar*. 

Since its completition the aviary has become an exciting, interactive addition to Colchester Zoo which visitors of all ages enjoy.

Please check the terms and conditions for the 'do's & don'ts' of visiting Australian Rainbows.

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*NB Nectar pots cost £1.00 each and contains the allergen milk. 


4.30pm close or dusk if earlier (Except for Christmas Starlight Nights) 
Last admission to zoo grounds at 3.30pm

24th November, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 23rd December - 7.30pm close - Christmas Starlight Nights
Last admission to zoo grounds at 6.30pm

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