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


 Looking for 'Driving School Brisbane'? Or 'Driving School Melbourne'? Maybe 'Driving School Sydney'?


Book ahead. Ring  0412 22 3333


Maybe you've just come from China, India or Kenya to study and live in inner Brisbane. 

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. However, you need a 'driving school Brisbane' to help you convert it to a Queensland drivers licence. You suspect you need some refresher driving lessons. Preferably through an intensive driving course.

So you look for a friendly driving school in Brisbane to provide some manual driving lessons.

Each Brisbane driving school you contact offers only automatic driving lessons. Your sponsor has offered private driving lessons but only if you’ve had enough professional driving instruction to handle Brisbane’s fast and erratic traffic. It seems that the driving lessons you’ll need to pass the (now) strict Queensland driving test means that you’ll be learning to drive all over again. So, an intensive driving course would fit well. And any 'driving school Brisbane' will quickly appreciate that.

How do you feel?

Perhaps you’re a brand new Victorian learner driver. 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 a driving lesson with parents, relatives or friends. A friendly, patient and professional 'driving school Melbourne' could help. Especially if it could help persuade Mum or Dad to give you private driving lessons.

Frustratingly, you can’t find a nearby Melbourne driving school whose driving instructors 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 Oark 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 instructors 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 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.

You’ve had a few driving lessons with your anxious parents but no professional driving lessons. You've found out that most Sydney driving schools provide driving lessons in automatic cars but few offer manual driving lessons. Some, however, do offer an intensive driving course.

You’ve been asking your friends about nearby driving schools. You've also looked at some Sydney driving schools' websites. And you’ve heard that some Sydney driving instructors get very upset if their learner drivers make a mistake during their driving lessons!

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

And then you see it.


Driving School Getaway (DSG).


Offering affordable quality defensive driving lessons. Via a 2 day intensive driving course. In beautiful Lismore, perhaps Australia's best learn to drive environment. 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 the ABC 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, over 2 days or 5, through an intensive driving course.

No Brisbane driving lessons, no Melbourne driving instructors and no Sydney driving schools can nor do 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 instructors, no Melbourne driving tutors and very few Sydney driving schools have provided more than 100 RMS Older Driver Assessments since 2011.

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

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

A few driving schools offer an 'advanced driving course' (often also called, mistakenly, a 'defensive driving course'), be it an 'advanced driving course Sydney', 'advanced driving course Melbourne' or an 'advanced driving course Brisbane'. That's because so-called advanced driving courses encourage the false belief that hazards can be successfully avoided at the very last minute. Australia's pre-eminent driving instructor course of 'Dynamic Defensive Driving' equates to 'advanced driver training' but embeds a strategic – not an immediate – perspective.

And 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 roads are 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 the discounted rate of $48 per full hour, PDC's intensive driving course is inexpensive. Cheap!

Indeed, $480 for ten (with Keys2Drive, eleven) FULL hours is one of the cheapest and most discounted driving lesson deals in Australia.

(Compare $43.60 / hour for 11 hours with $40 for only ONE (full?) hour.)

PDC's prices are cheap. PDC's quality of tuition is not cheap. PDC's intensive driving course simply provides amazingly efficient driver training and driver education.

Learner drivers 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 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 Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney with a solid and deepenable set of driving skills. You’ll be poised to gain your 'P's with minimum extra 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) learner drivers are worried, anxious or nervous. 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!

Let's drill down.

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

In NSW, driving instructors are required by law to be able to provide clients with dual-controlled vehicles. Unlike commercial driving instructors, professional driving 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 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.

Ring 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 driving instructor 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 driver trainer Charles would not only be patient but warm and friendly.

He is. (And he can be very funny!)


Nimbin - Australia's Alternative Capital

Driving teacher 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) driving 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!



Charles has been Proprietor of Lismore’s Professional Driving Consultancy since 1993.

 In his mid-twenties Charles qualified as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychosociology at Melbourne University.

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

 In 1987 Brian Kennedy was the veteran expert, efficient and professional Proprietor of ABC Driving School Coffs Harbour.  He skilfully trained Charles to become an approved ABC Driving School Manager. Within two years, as a novice but  dedicated professional, 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 qualified as  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 driving instructor’s 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 qualifications.

His experience as a mature and professional driving instructor of 28 years in one city and two country locations is just one of his relevant qualifications as one of Australia’s very few expert driving instructors.

Some six years ago Charles upgraded his professional qualifications. He took a basic computing course to overcome his personal fear of the internet and of emails. (He is now a ‘Webmaster’!)

 Charles has held the most modern driving instructor qualification, the TAFE Certificate IV in  Tr16-07-25 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 professional 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) qualified Older Driver Assessors.

Keys2Drive3 Roadmap - needs an experienced and qualified expert driving instructor to deliverIn 2011 Charles was approved by the Australian Automobile Association as a Keys2Drive driving instructor. As a wise, seasoned, mature (yet youthful!) driving tutor, he recently qualified with “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 NSW DTA had  been the only NSW professional driving instructors’ Association accredited by the former Australian Driver Trainers Association.



Not yet.

Not immediately. Not straight up.

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 skills.

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

Charles holds University and up-to-date TAFE qualifications, both as a driving instructor and as a trainer of driving instructors. He is approved and certified as a NSW RMS Older Driver Assessor. He is approved and certified by Keys2Drive as a Platinum driving tutor. He has been a long-standing member of the NSW Driver Trainers Association. And he is approved by the NSW Police to work with children.

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


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