Seawall Apartments


2017 Travellers Choice Award

Traveller's Choice Award

Our Story

Seawall Apartments is dedicated to providing a unique seaside escape for your next holiday in Glenelg.

Situated on the absolute beachfront in Glenelg in Adelaide, South Australia.  Seawall is the #1 Hotel in Adelaide and South Australia as voted by travellers on TripAdvisor - the world’s largest travel review site.

Seawall was founded in 1977 by Alan Osborne.  Alan saw the potential in the beautiful bay of Glenelg and proceeded over the years to create what is known as Seawall Apartments.  All of the unique apartments are housed in four individual heritage buildings on the South Esplanade of Glenelg.

During the past decade, Rachael, Alan’s daughter has managed the property.   Following Alan’s unexpected passing in 2016, Rachael, her husband David and children have continued to manage the property and are dedicated to the continuance of this iconic Adelaide accommodation offering.

Rachael has lived at Seawall for most of her life and has the industry in her blood. With Seawall celebrating 40 years of business in 2017, she has seen many people experience Seawall and enjoy it’s stunning location.  Many people come back year after year for their annual holidays.

Being community-minded, the business is run by a team of wonderful staff who are like family.  Local tradespeople assist with maintenance and Seawall also supports the local disability service provider Minda, who manages the laundry.

Memories are made at The Bay!  


"Beach Perfect!"

StarsReviewed February 2014

Some places you just want to keep to yourself, not sharing it with any one because it is so special you don't want it to become even more popular or unobtainable.

The Seawall Apartments would be special without the family and staff but the combination of the two are without comparison any where in the world for this unique beachside experience.

Here is a place that without a doubt fulfils and represents the ultimate culture and experience of Glenelg and its personality. It is clean, polished, unique and so friendly that there is a sadness when you leave. Thank you so very much. We loved it all. Helen Scutchings.

Thank you so much for a wonderfully pleasant stay.

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Buildings with a history

Seawall's 22 different apartments are housed in a quirky collection of 7 quite distinct heritage buildings with fresh, modern interiors.

The School House family apartment is part of a grand 1889 terrace. From 1912-1937 it was operated as a prestigious boys school, Holdfast Bay Preparatory College and many famous Adelaide families sent their young boys there.

The unusual 2-storey Spanish Deco building Olive Court dates from 1920 and The Beach and Boat House Apartments date from 1910 with detailed plaster ceilings and beautiful stained glass windows.

Come and visit us

We'd love you to come and experience Seawall, so please contact us.

Send us an email or give us a call. We'd be more than happy answer your questions, tell you all about our different apartments and help you choose the one that's perfect for you.

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  • 21-25 South Esplanade, Glenelg
    South Australia 5045 (Access from Oldham Street)
    T: +61 8 8295 1197   E: info@seawall.net.au

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21–25 South Esplanade
Glenelg, South Australia, 5045
(access from Oldham St)

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