Stop distressing. Start de-stressing.

Not a Driving School Brisbane.

Nor a Driving School Melbourne.

Nor a Driving School Sydney.


Driving School Getaway welcomes you to Lismore’s

Professional Driving Consultancy


 Need ‘Driving School Brisbane’? Or ‘Driving School Melbourne’? Maybe ‘Driving School Sydney’?

Book ahead. Call  0412 22 3333

Overseas Driver Licence Conversion Queensland:

Maybe you’ve just come from overseas – China, India or Kenya – to study and live in one of inner Brisbane’ suburbs. You need a Queensland drivers licence. You’ve passed the knowledge test, so you know Queensland’s road rules. So you’re now looking for a Brisbane driving school.

Maybe Northside: in Brisbane’s CBD, Petrie Terrace, Red Hill, Herston, Fortitude Valley, Toowong, Indooroopilly, St Lucia, Kelvin Grove, New Farm, Spring Hill, Newstead, Paddington, Albion, Milton, Teneriffe or Bowen Hills. 

Or Southside: West End, East Brisbane, Woolloongabba, South Brisbane, Highgate Hill, Kangaroo Point, Hawthorne, Bulimba or Norman Park.

You have a full overseas drivers licence. But you need some refresher driving tuition to help you convert it to a Queensland drivers licence. Preferably through an intensive driving course.

Hence you look for a friendly patient driving school in Brisbane to provide a manual lesson or three.

Each driving school you contact offers only automatic lessons. Your sponsor has offered private driving tutoring but only if you’ve had enough paid driving instruction to handle Brisbane’s fast and erratic traffic. It seems that what you’ll need to pass the (now) strict Queensland driving test means that you’ll be re-learning to drive! So an intensive driving course would fit well.

How do you feel?


Learner driver – Victoria

Perhaps you’ve just got your brand new Victorian learners permit. So you have a fair idea of Victorian road rules. And so you’re looking for a ‘driving school Melbourne’.

You’re nervous about taking driving lessons in fast and busy inner Melbourne.
Perhaps in North Melbourne, Parkville, Royal Park, Carlton, North Carlton, Flemington.
Maybe West Melbourne, Kensington, Footscray, West Footscray or Docklands.
Perhaps across the Yarra in South Melbourne, St Kilda, East St Kilda, South Yarra, Prahran or Windsor.
Or north of the Yarra: East Melbourne, Jolimont, Cremorne, Burnley, Richmond, Collingwood, Abbotsford, Fitzroy, North Fitzroy, Brunswick or East Brunswick.

You haven’t yet had the time to drive with parents, relatives or friends. A friendly and patient driving school in Melbourne could help you pass the Vicroads driving test. Especially if it could also help persuade Mum or Dad to give you private driving tutoring.

Frustratingly, you can’t find a nearby Melbourne driving school which will provide affordable and relaxed driver training. You ring the ‘driving school Melbourne’ your best mate suggested. It doesn’t offer cheap driving lessons. Nor automatic driving lessons. Nor, for that matter, an intensive driving course.

Does learning to drive have to be so difficult?


You might be looking for ‘Driving school Sydney‘.


Perhaps ‘Driving school inner Sydney’.

Including the CBD, Milson’s Point, The Rocks, Pyrmont, Woolloomooloo, Millers Point, Dawes Point, Barangaroo, Haymarket and Chippendale.

Or ‘Driving School Eastern Suburbs’.

Covers Paddington, Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, Elizabeth Bay, Kings Cross, Woolahra, Double Bay, Rushcutters Bay. Additionally: Darling Point, Point Piper, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, Bellevue Hill, Dover Heights, Bondi Junction, Bondi, Bondi Beach, North Bondi, Queens Park, Waverley, Tamarama and Bronte.

Or ‘Driving lessons South Sydney’.

Includes Redfern, Waterloo, Eveleigh, Alexandria, Moore Park, Zetland, Beaconsfield, Rosebery and Mascot.

Maybe ‘Driving school Inner West’.

Covers Glebe, Forest Lodge, Camperdown, Newtown, Enmore and Erskineville.
Also Balmain, Balmain East, Birchgrove, Rozelle, Lilyfield, Abbotsford, Chiswick, Drummoyne, Wareemba and Russell Lea.
As well as Annandale, Leichhardt, Stanmore, Petersham, Lewisham, Dulwich Hill, Hurlstone Park, Marrickville, Sydenham and Tempe.
Additionally Leichhardt, Cabrita, Five Dock, Rodd Point and Canada Bay.
Not forgetting Strathfield, Enfield, Strathfield South, Belfield, Wiley Park, Belmore, Clempton Park and Earlwood.

Perhaps ‘Driving lessons North Sydney’.

Lavender Bay, McMahon’s Point, Kirribilli, Kurraba Point, Cremorne Point, Neutral Bay, Cremorne, Mosman, Crows Nest, Greenwich, St Leonards and Longueville.

Or Lower North Shore.

Covering Hunters Hill, Woolwych, Huntleys Cove, Henley, Linley Point, Riverview, Lane Cove West, Lane Cove North and Lane Cove.
Additionally: Chatswood West, North Willoughby, Willoughby East, Willoughby, Castlecrag, Northbridge, Naremburn and Cammeray.

In Manly and the Northern Beaches?

Covering Manly, Fairlight, Balgowlah, Balgowlah Heights, Clontarf, Seaforth, North Balgowlah, Manly Vale, North Manly and Queenscliff.

Northern Beaches suburbs include Freshwater, Curl-Curl, North Curl-Curl, Brookvale, Allambie Heights, Beacon Hill, Narraweena and Dee Why.

Maybe driving schools Parramatta / Granville?

Including Parramatta, Harris Park, Granville, Clyde, Holroyd, Merrylands, Mays Hill, Westmead, Wentworthville, South Wentworthville.
Also Greystanes, Merrylands West, Guildford West, Guildford, Old Guildford, South Granville and Lidcombe.

Perhaps driving instructors Randwick / Sutherland?

Including the suburbs of Randwick, Kingsford, Daceyville, Coogee, South Coogee, Maroubra, Eastgardens and Pagewood,.
As well as Botany, Matraville, Banksmeadow, Malabar, Chifley, Little Bay, Phillip Bay, La Perouse and Port Botany.


Your Learn to Drive Background

You’ve driven a few times with your anxious parents but haven’t been taught by a full-time tutor. You’ve found out that most Sydney driving schools use automatic cars but few offer manuals. Some, however, do offer an intensive driving course.

You’ve been asking your friends which nearby driving school they’ve used You’ve also looked at some Sydney driving school websites. And you’ve heard that some Sydney instructors get very upset if their students make a mistake!

Your enquiries and thinking are leading you to look for a ‘safe driver course’. You’ve heard that the better ones are called ‘defensive driving’ courses – which can be taught in an intensive driving course, offering cheaper lessons.

Defensive driving (the NSW RMS calls defensive driving ‘low risk driving’) is the ability to avoid other drivers’ collisions as well as your own. As traffic densities increase, the number of hazardous situations increases even more. The depth of skill needed to avoid others’ collisions is even more again. No wonder the NSW driving test has included low risk driving since 1993!

Australia’s pre-eminent driving course of Dynamic Defensive Drivingequates to ‘advanced driver training’ but embeds a strategic – not an immediate – perspective. Its foundation is “worst-case” thinking. “If it (a collision or near miss) can happen – it might; therefore I will presume that it could happen – and, thereby, I will avoid it”(Contrary to what some otherwise reputable industry sources suggest: they presume that one has – and should use – one’s native ability to react in very little time.)

And then you see it:

Your Solution:

Driving School Getaway (DSG).

Offering affordable quality defensive driving lessons. Via an intensive driving course over 2 days. In beautiful Lismore, certainly one of Australia’s best learn to drive environments. With the Professional Driving Consultancy (PDC), one of Australia’s best driving schools.

How cool is that?


DSG is unique in Australia and second in the World in offering learn to drive holidays. (In the United Kingdom a driving school, located in Llandudno, North Wales, has been offering learn to drive holidays since 2002.)

No ‘driving school Brisbane’, ‘driving school Melbourne’ nor ‘driving school Sydney’ provides Dynamic Defensive Driving (‘3D’) CourseWork. Within 10 paid hours. And through a 2 day driving course.

No Brisbane driving instructors, no Melbourne driving lessons and not one Sydney driving school can use the copyrighted – and clinically accurate – Dynamic Defensive Driving (‘3D’) WorkSheet.

(The 3D WorkSheet enables PDC to provide a highly structured series of closely spaced and practically referenced compressed driving lessons comprising a 2 (or 5) day intensive driving course. The more mature and highly motivated clients are, the more they benefit.)  

No Brisbane driving tutors, no Melbourne driving instructors and very few Sydney driving schools have provided more than 100 RMS Older Driver Assessments since 2011.

No Brisbane driving sessions, Melbourne driving lessons nor Sydney driving tutelage can provide, via the 3D WorkSheet, clear, direct, accurate, detailed and self-explanatory written 3D assessments.

Of the thousands of Brisbane driving coaches, Melbourne driving tutors and Sydney driving teachers, less than 1% can provide a Platinum Keys2Drive no-cost one hour driving lesson.

Why Lismore?

PDC is based in luxuriant Lismore. Lismore is located just beyond the beautiful Byron hinterland. It’s the ‘capital’ of the magnificent NSW Northern Rivers. And of the (yet-to-be-declared) Region of Bundjalung. 

Lismore is also (arguably) Australia’s single best learn to drive location. Its road set is ideal for drivers to master the fundamental skill of dynamic defensive driving: balancing opposing forces. 



PDC‘s quality, enjoyable and FUN driving lessons are highly affordable. At discounted prices (as low as $52 per full hour), PDC‘s concentrated driving course is inexpensive. Cheap!

Indeed, $520 for ten (with Keys2Drive, eleven) FULL hours is one of the cheapest and most discounted driving lesson deals in Australia.

(Compare $47.27 / hour for 11 hours with $40 for only ONE (full?) hour.)

PDC’s amazingly affordable prices mean you pay as little money as possible. The quality of PDC’s tuition, however, is not cheap! PDC‘s compressed low risk defensive driving course simply provides amazingly efficient driver training and driver education.

Purchasing a PDC Gift Voucher is recommended as the most efficient means of payment – by way of direct deposit.

You can relax and revel in one of the most glorious, beautiful, warm and tranquil Regions in Australia. Indeed, in the World.

Driving school Melbourne: you can't relax nervous Melbourne learner drivers by a calming verdant verge garden.

Driving school Brisbane: you can't let anxious Brisbane learner drivers enjoy a calming Lindendale garden.


So the breadth and depth of your learning to drive increases heaps.

Savings from PDC’s remarkably cheap intensive defensive driving course almost cover the extra costs of air/bus fares and accommodation from Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney.

Add in PDC’s dimensional learning efficiency and you get one of Australia’s very best learn-to-drive deals!

Completely justifying you taking (at least) a 2 day break.

You’ll return to inner Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney having learned a solid and deepenable set of driving skills. You’ll be poised to pass your driving test with minimum additional driving lessons. And with minimum stress!

So first up, you don’t need a ‘driving school Brisbane’. Nor a ‘driving school Melbourne’. Nor a ‘driving school Sydney’.

You do need the best of ‘driving schools Lismore‘ to most dimensionalise your driving skills



Many (if not most) learners are worried, anxious or even frightened! Or uneasy, uncomfortable, unsettled and/or upset. Trainee drivers often worry about a scary driving experience. Beginner drivers freak out about causing a crash.

Few learners will admit their concern. Nor their apprehension, anxiety or nervousness. Nor even unease.

Likewise, edgy and tense supervising drivers often tend to deny their irritability and insecurity. Even though they feel troubled, jittery, jumpy, tense and/or uptight.

So mutual worry spirals unease. Thereby increasing mutual upset, distress and possibly panic!


What are the Real Causes of Learner Driver Anxiety?

Learner drivers’ nervousness, anxiety, apprehension and unease are caused by a subconscious appreciation of their lack of depth of driving skill. New drivers need to trust that their supervising driver can effectively teach, despite their student’s lack of skill. If there is no such trust, or if supervising drivers cannot make up for their learners’ lack of skill, inexperienced drivers should use a driving instructor.

In NSW, any driving instructor is required by law to be able to provide clients with dual-controlled vehicles. Unlike their commercial colleagues, professional instructors possess up-to-date qualifications, have long, wide and deep experience and provide structured, effective and affordable coursework.

Would you trust a ‘driving school Brisbane’ to overcome your experience of Brisbane’s traffic density, amount and/or speed as stressful, scary, even frightening?

Or engage a driving school in Melbourne to get rid of your nerves or fright about entering Melbourne’s ruthless roundabouts?

Can you trust a ‘driving school Sydney’ to reverse your worry, concern or anxiety about Sydney’s demands to decide quickly where and when to turn, to give way, stop or merge?

Or, like thousands of learner and supervising drivers in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney, trying to not freak out when practising safe lane changes?

De-stress. Unwind. Sit back. Loosen up. Relax. Chill.

Call Charles on 0412 22 3333.

Tell him how you feel. Uncertain? Suspicious? Impatient? Worried? Anxious? Nervous? Scared?



Charles will quietly, softly and gently begin to reassure you that his calming enjoyable driving lessons are stress-free, relaxing and fun.

Be soothed by driving among old, mature and very tall trees.

Arboreal Cathedral - Not at 'driving schools Sydney', 'driving schools Melbourne' or 'driving schools Brisbane'


Be mellowed by deep, dark and bright green subtropical forests, plants and fields. And misty blue hills, distant mountains and reflected blue sky.

Rolling Hills, Distant Mountains - can't be seen with 'driving schools Brisbane', 'driving schools Melbourne' nor 'driving schools Sydney'


Balance opposing forces when driving upon quiet and winding roads.

Rous Road - for Dynamic Defensive Driving in DSG's intensive driving course.


Absorb the lively contrast between naturally enriched country and an entertaining – occasionally funny! – eccentric city.

Driving schools Melbourne, driving schools brisbane and driving schools Sydney - match this for city-country contrast.

Lismore Audio Street Art - not accessed by driving schools Melbourne, Driving schools Brisbane nor driving schools Sydney


And, delight in Charles’ pleasant, amusing, entertaining, lively, satisfying, rewarding – and certainly fun! – driving classes.



The Northern Rivers Region of NSW is internationally famous for ‘alternative’, laid-back, relaxed and friendly lifestyles.

So Charles would have to be calm and patient. Not to mention chilled, relaxed, laid-back and friendly. As well as affable, amiable, sympathetic, welcoming, receptive and helpful. Further, he’d be attentive to learners’ needs. And Charles is not only patient but warm and friendly. (And he can be very funny!)


Nimbin - Australia's Alternative Capital

Charles’ calming driving lessons take place amidst the serene and soothing tranquility of NSW’s peaceful North Coast – one of Australia’s most beautiful places.

Million Dollar View - Shaw's Bay, Ballina - not accessible to 'driving schools Brisbane', 'driving schools Melbourne' nor 'driving schools Sydney'

Near Nimbin - 'driving schools Melbourne', 'driving schools Sydney' and 'driving schools Brisbane' - take a learn-to-drive holiday


Learners make (so-called) ‘mistakes’. As a deeply experienced (hence a profoundly patient) instructor, Charles is not just tolerant and forgiving. He knows that “mistakes” are actually valuable. For both educational and training reasons.

Driving tutor Charles’ unique Dynamic Defensive Driving Courses (using his copyrighted 3D WorkSheet) frees up his flexibility. So he stays informal and relaxed. Even spontaneous!




In 1993 Charles became the Proprietor of Lismore’s Professional Driving Consultancy.

In his mid-twenties Charles obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Psychosociology at Melbourne University.

He didn’t know he’d chosen the best academic educational qualification for the role of a dedicated driver trainer. Nor that    it would help qualify him as a sophisticated and experienced professional tutor.

In 1987 Brian Kennedy was the veteran, efficient and deeply experienced proprietor of ABC Driving School Coffs Harbour. He skilfully trained Charles to become his Grafton-based Manager. Within two years, as a novice but  dedicated operator, Charles had drafted a 65,000 word learn-to-drive manuscript.

 CapInitial formal TAFE driving instructor qualificationFirst TAFE Teaching qualification16-07-25 First Expert Driving Instructor Qualification - TAFE In-Car Assessor's Certificateable and talented, then proficient and knowledgeable, by the end of 1991 Charles had become  a certified senior driving instructor. He had accomplished one of the first TAFE qualifications (the  Commercial Driving Instructor’s Course). He had also furthered his expert qualifications  by qualifying through TAFE certification as a trainer of driving instructors. Via the In-Car Assessor and the  Basic Methods of Instruction TAFE Certificates.

His experience as a mature driving tutor of 31 years in one city and two country locations is just one of his relevant qualifications as one of Australia’s very few experts in the field.



Some eight years ago Charles upgraded his qualifications. He took a basic computing course to overcome his personal fear of the internet and of emails. (He has now been a ‘Webmaster’ for some five years!)

 Charles has held the most modern driving instruction qualification, the TAFE Certificate IV in 16-07-25 Up to Date TAFE Driving Instructor Qualification - Certificate IV Transport and Logistics - Car Driving Instruction (TLI41210)Transport and Logistics  (Car Driving Instruction) – TLI41210 – since 2011. 

 Charles has remained a certified trainer of driving instructors throughExpert driving instructor qualification - Certificate IV TAE 40110 certification in 2011 via the  essential TAFE teaching qualification, Certificate IV Training and Education (TAE40110).

The NSW RMS has, since 2010, approved and certified Charles as one of their (few) Older Driver Assessors.

Keys2Drive3 Roadmap - needs an experienced and qualified expert driving instructor to deliverIn 2010 Charles was approved by the Australian Automobile Association to conduct free (Commonwealth Government funded) Keys2Drive sessions. As a wise, seasoned, mature (yet youthful!) driving tutor, he was recently awarded “Platinum” competence and proficiency.

Charles is approved by the NSW Police through holding a “Working with Children Employee” check.

 Charles Longstanding Member of the professional driving instructors' association: the Australian Driver Trainers Association.has been a longstanding member of the NSW Driver Trainers Association (NSW DTA) (the only NSW body accredited by the former Australian DTA).



Not yet.

Postpone your ‘driving school Brisbane’. Your ‘driving school Melbourne. Your ‘driving school Sydney’.

Take a brief learn-to-drive holiday in Lismore first.

Calm your nerves. Chill out. De-stress.

Relax in Lismore’s beautiful, natural, verdant, warm and lush green environment.

Let Charles delight you with pleasant, satisfying, gratifying, enjoyable and entertaining driving lessons.

Invite Charles to help you develop and dimensionalise deep dynamic defensive driving proficiency.

Charles is a calm, patient, relaxed, laid-back and friendly driving tutor. He is an affable, amiable, cordial, sympathetic and welcoming driver trainer. Attentive to learners’ needs, he is a receptive and helpful driving teacher.

Charles holds academic tertiary and up-to-date TAFE qualifications, to train both clients and potential driving teachers. He is approved and certified as a NSW RMS Older Driver Assessor. Further, Charles is approved and certified by Keys2Drive as a Platinum driving tutor. He has been a long-standing member of the NSW DTA. And he is approved by the NSW Police to work with children.

And most of his clients have been passing the NSW driving test first time.

(‘Driving school Brisbane’, ‘Driving school Melbourne’ and ‘Driving school Sydney’: you’re challenged!)


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