The state of Tasmania, a sovereign Australian state, is located 200 kilometres (125 mi) south of the eastern side of the continent, being separated from it by Bass Strait . The state of Tasmania includes the island of Tasmania, and other surrounding islands. Tasmania has a population of 484,700 (March 2005, ABS) and an area of 68,332 square kilometres (26,383 sq mi).
The distance from the northernmost point (Woolnorth Pt) to the southernmost one (South East Cape) is 364 kilometers, the distance from the westernmost (West Pt) to the easternmost one (Eddystone Pt) is 306 kilometers.
Tasmania promotes itself as the Natural State and the "Island of Rejuvenation" owing to its large, and relatively unspoiled natural environment. Formally, 36% of Tasmania is in reserves, National Parks and World Heritage Sites.