Ballina and Lismore Driving School

Driving School Ballina

Learn to drive
with the NRMA

NRMA driver training school in Ballina and Lismore focuses on low risk driving techniques to assist students to become safer drivers for life and not to just pass their driving test.

We appoint only the highest quality driving instructors, each chosen not only for their skills as professional educators but for their enormous passion for what they do. Regular re-training programs ensure that all NRMA driving instructors are fully abreast of changes in industry practice and modern education techniques.

We offer driving lessons at any stage of the drivers' license process - any age and any level of driving ability. We cover areas across the Northern Rivers region including Ballina, Lismore and Byron Bay.

Why NRMA driver training?

Expert driving instructors
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Driving lesson pricing

Lesson length varies from 60 minutes to 3 hours depending on individual needs, with a 90 minute ongoing driving lesson highly recommended.

90 minute lesson (initial driving lesson) - $105.00

A requirement for learner drivers who have not previously had a lesson with an NRMA instructor. The 90 minute lesson is designed to allow appropriate time to determine the student's knowledge, current skill and confidence level so a tailored program can be developed to suit their needs.

60-180 minute lesson - $70.00 per hour

For learner drivers who have already had an initial driving lesson with an NRMA instructor. Ongoing lesson duration can vary in length depending on lesson outcome requirements. Longer sessions can also assist in managing busy schedules. Your instructor can best advise on your individual requirements. All lessons regardless of duration are structured and tailored to suit individual needs.

150 minute licence test - $175.00

For learner drivers who are taking their Ps test with the RMS (formally RTA) in an NRMA car this special lesson provides time to calm your nerves with a warm up drive immediately preceding the test. Your instructor will wait while you take the test in the NRMA car and return home with you.

Conditions of booking: If booked without prior consultation with your NRMA instructor you will not be permitted to use the NRMA vehicle. See terms and conditions.

New customer Existing customer

60-90 minute refresher - $70.00 per hour

Great for anyone who wants to freshen up their driving skills and update their road rule knowledge at any stage in their driving lifecycle. The refresher can also target specific areas of concern as requested.


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Learn how to drive with the NRMA

Nick Coulthurst

Nick is a committed and dedicated Driving Instructor who built up his experience with NRMA in the Riverina and Central West regions of NSW. He is very pleased to have the opportunity to now assist us in expanding our reach to the Northern Rivers region of NSW encompassing Ballina, Lismore, Byron Bay and surrounding regions. 

Nick has spent most of his working life in Aviation and holds a Commercial Pilots’ Licence and Flight Instructors’ Rating as well as Air Traffic Control Licence. In all capacities, he has taught many students the basics and intricacies of aviation where safety is a fundamental requirement. He has a passion for teaching and sees Driving Instruction as a normal segue from his previous occupations. 

Nick’s relaxed, friendly and easy-going manner allows him to develop a great rapport with all his students which then assists him in teaching not only teach the novice or experienced student how to develop safer driving skills but allows him to understand the psychology and pressures associated with learning to drive and he tailors his instruction style accordingly.

Suburbs covered by our Ballina and Lismore driving school are:
Ballina Howards Grass Monaltrie South Ballina
Chilcotts Grass Keith Hall North Lismore South Lismore
Coolgardie Lagoon Grass Patchs Beach Teven
Cumbalum Lennox Head Pimlico Tintenbar
East Ballina Lismore Pimlico ISland Tuncester
East Lismore Lismore Heights Richmond Hill West Ballina
Empire Vale Loftville Skennars Head Woodlawn

Please note our driving school also offers lessons to customers from the following suburbs but a pick up and drop off at an NRMA nominated point will be arranged at the time of booking:
Afterlee Dorroughby Larnook Skinners Shoot
Alstonvale Doubtful Creek Leeville Smiths Creek
Alstonville Dungarubba Lillian Rock South Evans Head
Babyl Creek Dunoon Lindendale South Gundurimba
Back Creek Dyraaba Little Back Creek Spring Grove
Backmede East Coraki Loadstone Stony Chute
Bagotville East Wardell Lower Dyraaba Stratheden
Bangalow Eden Creek Lynchs Creek Suffolk Park
Baraimal Edenville Lynwood Swan Bay
Barkers Vale Ellangowan Marom Creek Tabbimoble
Bentley Eltham Mckees Hill Talofa
Bexhill Esk Mcleans Ridges Tatham
Binna Burra Ettrick Mcleods shoot Terania Creek
Blakebrook Eureka Meerschaum Vale Terrace Creek
Blue Knob Evans Head Modanville The Channon
Boat Harbour Ewingsdale Mongogarie The Risk
Booerie Creek Leycester Mountain Top Tomki
Boorabee Park Fairy Hill Myocum Toonumbar
Booyong Fawcetts Plain Nashua Tregeagle
Bora Ridge Fernleigh Naughtons Gap Tucki Tucki
Border Ranges Fernside New Italy Tuckombil
Broadwaer Findon Creek New Park Tuckurimba
Broken Head Geneva Newrybar Tullera
Brooklet Georgica Nightcap Tuntable Creek
Buckendoon Ghinni Ghi Nimibin Tyagarah
Bunabbee Girards Hill North Casino Unumgar
Byron Bay Goat Island North Woodburn Upper Eden Creek
Cabbage Tree Island Goolmangar Numulgi Upper Horseshoe Creek
Caniaba Gradys Creek Old Grevillia Upper Mongogarie
Casino Green Forest Opossum Creek  Uralba
Cawongla Green Pigeon Pearces Creek Wadeville
Cedar Point Greenridge Piora Wardell
Clovass Grevillia Possum Creek Warrazambil Creek
Clunes Hayters Hill Repentance Creek West Bungawalbin
Codrington Homeleigh Rileys Hill West Coraki
Coffee Camp Horse Station Creek Rock Valley West Wiangaree
Collins Creek Horseshoe Creek Rosebank Whian Whian
Coombell Iron Gates Roseberry Wiangaree
Coopers Shoot Iron Pot Creek Roseberry Creek Wollongbar
Coorabell Irvington Rous Woodburn
Coraki Jiggi Rous Mill Woodview
Corndale Keerrong Rukenvale Woolners Arm
Cougal Kilgin Ruthven Wooroowoolgan
Dairy Flat Kilgra Sawpit Creek Wyneden
Dalwood Knockrow Sextonville Wyrallah
Dobies Bight Koonorigan Shannon Brook Yorklea
Doonbah Kyogle Sherwood  

I started my first lesson completely clueless in driving, and I'm now a safe, confident and happy driver!

K Richmond