By Jessica Plautz
December 27, 2016
Credit: Tourism Australia

As 2016 comes to a close, it's a great time to consider where you want to go in the new year. And if white sand beaches and tropical flora and fauna sound like fun, then Australia has about a billion destinations to choose from.

Tourism Australia picked its top 10 favorite Instagrams featuring the country's beaches. If you've got the time in 2017, they'd make for a great itinerary.

Mission Beach

Mission Beach offers the best access to the Great Barrier Reef. You can start looking at tours right now.

Meelup Beach

In the Margaret River region, Meelup is a postcard-perfect beach that's great for a picnic, a hike, or even a nap.

Emerald Beach

Cape Arid National Park

Fraser Island

Rottnest Island

Wineglass Bay

Heron Island

Bruny Island

Cable Beach

While making it to all 10 of these gorgeous beaches is ambitious, making it to one is a worthwhile goal for 2017. Whether it's the Great Barrier Reef or the Northern Territory, Australia is an enticing destination every year.