Travelers are voting Cowan Creek, Hawkesbury River and Hacking River as the best of 6 rivers near Sydney. There are 4 rivers near Gosford a city just 31 km from Sydney and 1 river near Wollongong which is 42 km distant. The most popular of these are Cowan Creek near Gosford and Hacking River in Wollongong. You can find 53 rivers in New South Wales and 139 rivers in the country of Australia. Our members favorite in New South Wales is Wolli Creek and Yarra River is the top pick in Australia. Want more? Check out our map of rivers near Sydney.