Sydney, Australia, offers many convenient and comfortable youth hostels for travelers who may not be able to afford the price of a regular hotel. Although most hostels offer amenities that are similar to those found in most hotels, such as a clean bed, private room, television, and attractive furnishings, the difference is that hostel visitors typically share bathrooms and coffee-making or tea-drinking areas, along with the other grounds of the facility. In Sydney there are several suitable hostels for independent travel and board. The Australia Street Greathouse provides convenient access to the central part of the city as well as neat rooms and an inviting tropical garden. Laundry facilities, parking, and Internet access are also available. Glebe Village Backpackers provides three guesthouses featuring dormitories of four to ten beds. Clean linen is provided daily, along with Internet, laundry facilities, and breakfast. This facility advertises itself as child-friendly. A number of other hostels list similar information concerning locations, set-up, and amenities as well as cost. If you decide to stay in a hostel, you must realize that you will likely share close quarters with other travelers that you don't know. This can be exciting or it can lead to problems, so your attitude toward the hostel experience can help you choose the best type of facility for your situation. Some facilities offer bicycle rentals or a shuttle to and from the airport. Others provide assistance with government forms and finding a job. Read the Web descriptions carefully to get an idea of what to expect and which establishment is most likely to have what you are looking for in terms of affordable lodging. If you decide to stay at a hostel, plan to pack light, as there may not be much storage space and little security. Book early to get the best selection of rooms and service.