About Seawall Apartments

Glenelg accommodation spa bath with views

Situated right on the Esplanade over looking Glenelg Beach, Seawall’s 1, 2, 3, and even 4-bedroom apartments are Adelaide’s favourite seaside destination.

Whether you are seeking a romantic getaway in one of our 1 bedroom or studio apartments, escaping the country for a seaside family holiday in a 2-bedroom apartment, or planning a long-awaited girls weekend complete with champagne and cheese in our glorious 4-bedroom Boat House, we have something to suit everyone’s tastes and needs.

Our iconic beachfront hotel is one of Adelaide's accommodation landmarks. The hotel, steeped in history and adorned with quirky nautical touches, is spread out across 7 distinct heritage buildings, with four blocks on Glenelg's Esplanade, south of the Jetty; you can't get any closer to the beach for your seaside escape! Each of the self-contained and serviced apartments are tastefully decorated with fresh, modern interiors, and feel like a beach home away from home.


Founded in 1977 by the late Alan Osborne, his daughter Rachael has continued the business for the last 20 years. Growing up at Seawall, Rachael uses her insider knowledge and passion to continue to offer stunning unique boutique beach-side accommodation.

Rachael is the powerhouse behind the team. Other friendly faces you will see are Trevor, Sophie, Peter, Alana and Jacob, always around to help you out with whatever you need. Our amazing housekeeping team headed up by Rose, are kept busy by ensuring that your rooms are clean and fresh.


There is so much history between the walls at Seawall, with stories dating back into the 1800’s, when Glenelg was just starting to form into the beautiful seaside town it is today.

The Fisherman’s Cottage located off our sunny back courtyard, is one of the oldest buildings in Glenelg, an original cottage for, you guessed it, fisherman!

Over looking the gorgeous waters of Glenelg is one of our grandest heritage buildings, the School House. This terrace was first built in 1892, and from 1912 – 1937, it operated as a prestigious boy’s school – Holdfast Bay Preparatory College. The headmasters used to live in the above apartments, while the school boys learnt and played below and on the beach beyond!

One of our favourites, the unusual 2-storey Spanish Deco Building called 'Olive Court' hails from the 1920’s and stands like a stately old dame overlooking Glenelg Beach.

The Beach House and Boat House apartments reside in a huge bungalow which dates from 1910.  It still retains its original detailed high plaster ceilings, beautiful stained-glass windows and polished floorboards.

In December 2018, Seawall commissioned award-winning South Australian artists Che Chorley and Dave Court to collaborate on their largest project to date. Creating a unique piece of public art on the twelve-metre-high wall of Seawall’s Olive Court building. 

The collaboration encompassed Court painting one of Chorley’s photographs, titled ‘Beastly Sea’.