The Things I See by Steen Barnes in Wollongong, NSW, Australia

I live in a great place, its called Wollongong. I have grown up here and know the place inside and out, the good and the bad.

The shots I have taken are all with 5 minutes of each other, Wollongong has a small harbour, originally for shipping coal out of the town. Now days it has a handful of yachts and fishing boats in it. Its beautiful.

Wollongong is situated uniquely and hours drive south of Sydney, and it sits neatly between the mountains and the sea.

My photos will show you mine and others lifestyles that live in this region. Its something that we are all very proud of and very happy to share. I hope my shots will give you a glimpse of the beauty the this wonderful region holds.

Name:Steen Barnes

Interior Designer


I am preoccupied with surfing and taking photos, I get a great feeling from both pastimes and enjoy mixing the two things together. I have travelled extensively around the world, so at this stage of my life I am enjoying being in my own backyard and from my experience has some of the best beaches in the world.

Tell us about the place you live:

Wollongong tries to call itself a city, to me it just feels like a huge country town. I guess growing up here gives it that type of feel. In reality its a very friendly place for visitors and for locals a tough place to be in business.

A perfect day?

I love nothing more than Autumn rolling in, the over night crispness in the air arrives. The offshore breezes start to mix in with early winter swells. Taking the day off work to spend with my family and watching the beauty of mother nature. Life’s good!

What is the best thing about your spot?

Wollongong has so much variety of things to do, from the mountains to the sea.

What would be surprising about this place to an outsider?

The beauty, and the lifestyle that we live


Name:Steen Barnes

City:Wollongong Harbour

Favorite place to eat:

Mango Tree – awesome Indian food with ocean views

Favorite place to drink:

Bombora – love their coffee, again million dollar views

Favorite shop:

FinBox Surfstore

Local Tip:

You will fell local, say hi to everyone

Must Do:

Drive our World Famous Coastline. We have a bridge that hugs the cliff line and is built above the sea… amazing!

Also follow my Instagram account @16images for daily shots of the region.