It's worth remembering that although Tasmania is small, its landscape is diverse and its 500‚000 strong population decentralised. Tasmania is 315 kilometres (189 miles) west to east and 286 kilometres (175 miles) north to south. It is comparable in size with the Republic of Ireland, West Virginia (USA) and Hokkaido (Japan). It covers an area of 68,331 square kilometres (26,376 square miles). Let your journey begin!