What is ‘Driving School Getaway Sydney’?

‘’ (DSGS) is the first website in Australia (and only the second website in the World) to offer learn-to-drive holidays.

DSGS invites residents of inner Sydney to take a relaxing yet purposeful 2 – 5 day learn to drive holiday. In Lismore, within the awesomely beautiful Byron Bay Hinterland.

Why Learn to Drive in Lismore?

Lismore is one of Australia’s best learn-to-drive environments. One which no ‘driving school sydney’ can match.

Lismore also has one of Australia’s best driving schools. The Professional Driving Consultancy. Since 1993.

Lismore is the capital of the Northern Rivers Region of New South Wales. More holidaymakers visit NSW’s Northern Rivers than any other place in Australia except Sydney and Melbourne. Come to Lismore and you will feel incredibly tempted to stay more than a little longer. You’ll just want to keep relaxedly revelling in one of Australia’s most stunningly and deeply green natural environments.

Lismore is, in addition, close to other very popular holiday destinations. Including Byron Bay, Nimbin, the Border Ranges, the Gold Coast and the Gold Coast Hinterland. Also nearby are the serene Clarence Valley, the challenging Coffs Harbour and the gorgeously beautiful Bellingen.

Why Are Driving Lessons in Lismore More Comfortable?

Totally unlike inner Sydney, Lismore has a remarkably wide variety – and lots – of quiet country roads and suburban streets. Lismore also offers multi-laned roads, roundabouts, traffic lights and access to both the Pacific Motorway and windy, twisting mountainous tracks.

How Can I Be Comfortable if I Am (or my Supervising Driver Is) Worried, Stressed, Nervous, Anxious or even Scared?

Many (if not most) learner drivers are worried, anxious or nervous. Or uneasy, uncomfortable or unsettled. Even upset! Trainee drivers often worry about having a scary driving experience. Beginner drivers freak out about causing a crash.

Few learner drivers will admit their concern. Nor their unease, anxiety or nervousness.

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 even panic!

First of all, both supervising drivers and their learner drivers need to admit (particularly in preparing for an RMS driving test) they’re feeling tense. Perhaps each might do that to another person (the other parent or a close friend, for example).

Also, using quiet streetscapes for driving lessons helps. So supervising drivers may need to drive to a familiar, lightly-trafficked and out-of-town location. Therefore more effort, more time and more money.

Furthermore, using a comfortable, safe and reliable car is helpful.

What Causes Anxiety and Nervousness?

Learner drivers’ nervousness is caused mainly by a subconscious appreciation of their lack of depth of driving skill. So 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 cover their learners’ lack of skill, novice drivers should use a professional driving instructor.

NSW law requires all driving instructors 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.

Sydney’s traffic is intense, fast, skilled and high pressured. So it is much harder for Sydney driving schools to maximize their learners’ comfort, safety and efficiency. Any ‘driving school Sydney’ will have to provide a lot of driving lessons to deepen novice drivers’ skills. Skills of deciding quickly, safely, solidly and consistently where and when to turn, to give way, to stop or to merge.

Or to change lanes early and safely.

Why Are Driving Lessons in Lismore Safer?

First of all, you’re not trying to learn to drive in Sydney!

Also, you’ll be taking professional driving lessons with me, Charles. Over three decades I have become one of Australia’s most widely and deeply qualified and experienced driving instructors.

Furthermore, Lismore’s country roads offer unique opportunities to learn – and repeatedly experience – ‘Dynamic Defensive Driving‘ (‘3D’).

What is 3D?

3D is, scientifically, the safest type of ‘low risk driving’.

That’s because 3D trains drivers to (initially consciously) ‘note’ when a ‘something is coming up’ and to respond accordingly.

And because 3D then enables drivers to balance opposing forces. Longitudinal vs lateral vs vertical.

So 3D maximises traction.

3D is the complex foundation stone of point-to-point driving. 3D properly structures learners’ driving right from the start.

Hence 3D is the single best driving practice to avoid single vehicle collisions (1/3 of all collisions).

Why Are Driving Lessons in Lismore more Efficient?

3D optimises drivers’ comfort, safety and efficiency in point-to-point driving.

Consequently, also in ‘traffic flow driving’.

That’s because 3D mindfully enables
.   consistent, relaxed driver focus
.   reduced rear seat passengers’ car sickness
.   minimised overall distance travelled
.   maximised steering acuity
.   minimized fuel consumption and
.   minimized mechanical wear and tear.

Lismore also has many heavily trafficked streets and multi-laned roads. Hence Lismore’s streetscapes are excellent for developing deep skills of traffic flow driving.

Lismore’s Central Business District (CBD) is hazardous. Like Byron Bay and Nimbin, quite a few of its pedestrians and cyclists are suicidal!

Indeed, some of Lismore’s intersections, roundabouts and car parks challenge even the deep skills of long-term drivers.

Most relevant is that Lismore offers a stunning amount of ‘city/country contrast’ – the most difficult aspect of driving.

Hence the length, variety and depth of driving lessons in Lismore is arguably greater than anywhere else in Australia.

Is ‘Driving School Getaway Sydney’ Itself a Driving School?


Driving School Getaway is a gateway to NSW Northern Rivers’ longest established driving school – the Professional Driving Consultancy (PDC).

IS PDC Reputable, Affordable and Effective?

Indeed it is! PDC has consistently been one of Australia’s best driving schools for 24 years. Have a look at PDC’s Reviews.

What Types of Driving Lessons Does PDC Offer?

.   3D Structured CourseWork.
.   3D Assessments.
.   Free (Commonwealth Government funded) Keys-to-Drive sessions.
.   RMS Older Driver Assessments.
.   Overseas Licence Conversions.
.   Auto to Manual (and Manual to Auto) Conversions.       .   Refresher Driving Lessons.
.   Specific Packages Tailored to Clients’ Needs.
.   Thick and Detailed NSW RMS Driving Test Preparation.

How Does Driving School Getaway Provide More Value for Money – Despite Accommodation and Travel Costs – than any ‘Driving School Sydney’?

PDC’s package rates are among the cheapest in Australia – at $48/hour (or even less).

So PDC provides highly affordable driving lessons.


The big Sydney driving schools ask for $80 – $90 per (short) hour. (A ‘short hour’ is one in which some paid time is not spent on mentally or physically driving. For example, time spent on recording log-book details.) So a package of, say, 10 short hours will cost between $800 and $900. And ‘changeover time’ also adds further net cost – of the order of 15%.

That’s about $1,050.

Most Sydney driving schools provide driving lessons in automatic cars but few offer manual driving lessons. Only a handful of Sydney driving schools offer intensive driving courses. Very few Sydney driving schools offer ‘defensive driving’ lessons. Furthermore, many Sydney driving instructors still get visibly upset if their learner drivers make a mistake during their driving lessons!

In contrast:

PDC provides driving lessons in both automatic and manual cars. As well as 3D CourseWork within an intensive driving course. Comprising defensive driving lessons. And PDC views ‘mistakes’ as valuable learning experiences.

Travel to and from – and accommodation, eating, drinking and entertainment in – Lismore is very cheap. And of very high quality!

The total cost of a 2 day learn-to-drive holiday in Lismore is around $1000 – for 10 full hours. This includes air fares, overnight b&b and meals as well as driving tuition fees.

How Does PDC’s Use of the ‘3D WorkSheet’ Offer Even More Value than any ‘Driving School Sydney’?

PDC’s 3D WorkSheet:
.   deepens learning during driving lessons.
.   provides a trustworthy and objective reference for private practice.
.   makes 2 hour sessions feel like 1 hour sessions.
.   thereby better minimises changeover time and so $s per hour.

So, Is There Any Reason to Use a ‘Driving School Sydney’?

Driving skills are far and away best first learned in Lismore’s much more relaxing and much more varied streetscapes. Yet an extra lesson or two with an appropriate ‘driving school Sydney’ would certainly help further deepen one’s driving skills.

Which Sydney Suburbs’ Residents Would PDC’s Professional Driving Lessons Most Benefit?

Inner Sydney:

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

Eastern Suburbs:

Paddington, Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, Elizabeth Bay, Kings Cross, Woollahra, 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.

South Sydney:

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

Inner West:

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

North Sydney:

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

Lower North Shore:

Hunters Hill, Woolwych, Huntleys Cove, Henley, Linley Point, Riverview, Lane Cove West, Lane Cove North and Lane Cove. As well as Chatswood West, North Willoughby, Willoughby East, Willoughby, Castlecrag, Northbridge, Naremburn and Cammeray.

Manly and the Northern Beaches:

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.

Parramatta / Granville:

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.

Randwick / Sutherland:

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.

So, you’ve been looking for a ‘Driving School Sydney’?

I (Charles) hope this page has shown that ‘Driving School Getaway Sydney’ more than matches any ‘Driving School Sydney’. Better, indeed, than if it actually were a ‘Driving School Sydney’!

Even Australia-wide, Lismore is an amazing place to take professional driving lessons. And Lismore’s Professional Driving Consultancy is a nationally outstanding driving school.

Ring me now on 0412 22 3333.

I’m so looking forward to meeting and helping you.