I prefer Beachfront living as I am not into boating. From Coolum Beach there are stunning beach front homes in Yaroomba and Peregian Beach. If you are looking for Canal Living head to Twin Waters or Noosa Waters.
Beach Front living for me. Although the maintenance on the property may be a little higher, the ability to walk out your front or back door and onto the beach and feeling the sand between your toes HAS to be high up on the priority list. There is something about the sound of waves crashing during the night that soothes the inner soul.
You cannot swim in both canals and rivers due to bull sharks 🦈. Not a myth. But you can swim at beach. Weird.