Local, friendly driving school

We provide expert driving instruction throughout Cairns including: Redlynch, Northern Beaches, Smithfield, Brinsmead, Kanimbla, Freshwater, Stratford, Caravonica, Lake Placid.

Accelerated learning

10 hours with us, equals 30 hours for your log book. Helping you get your P plates quicker!

Suitable for beginners

If you've never driven a car before, that's no problem. We guide our students with structured, expert driving lessons at a pace that suits them.

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Good Marks Driving School

Here's just a few reasons you should learn to drive with us...

Covers Cairns

We provide lessons in and around Cairns.

Covers Cairns

Brand new cars

Learn to drive in a brand new, manual or automatic, Holden Barina.

Brand new cars

Peace of mind

For you peace of mind, Mark has child protection clearances.

Peace of mind
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Qualified Driving Instructor

Qualified Driving Instructor

You will learn from a qualified, expert driving instructor.

Driver confidence

Driver confidence

We will ensure you have the skills and confidence you need to become a competent driver.

Affordable lessons

Affordable lessons

An hour lesson starts at just $70.

Services that are included

Giving you the best that a driving school has to offer!

Comprehensive driving instruction

The following is included

Students learning to drive with Good Marks Driving School benefit from

  • Log book training
  • Low risk driving techniques
  • Test preparation
  • Refresher courses

Only the best

We provide the best facilities

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Start learning to drive today!

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Good Marks Etiquette

“Where age is no barrier and you are treated as an individual”

Manual and Auto Lessons

Female & Male Instructors

Cairns and Surrounding Areas

A bit about Goodmarks Driving School.

Mark Simpson owner operator started up his company in January 2017 as a solo driving instructor, with a new manual Holden Barina. He has an extensive background in heavy haulage trucks and buses in England and Australia. In just 2 years his company expanded to two auto and two manual Holden Barinas.

In March 2018, Raewyn Vincent joined him as a trainee instructor and took to it with a passion. She has a background in operating medium rigid vehicles, and quickly became a lead instructor. As Goodmarks Driving School continues to expand, Mark’s team of driving instructors has grown to match the demand of students today.

We now cover all of Cairns and the surrounding areas.

To chat to Mark or Book A Lesson/Test

Contact details: Mobile: 0417 828 294
After Hours: 07 403 920 58
Email: mark.simpson39@hotmail.com
Facebook: Goodmarks Driving School

We aim to provide the highest quality to our students and we work hard to ensure our drivers are ready when you are, at the most competitive rates in Cairns. To help us continue to provide the best service possible, we ask that all students adhere to our Goodmarks’ Etiquette policy.

If you are unable to attend your driving lesson, please ensure you cancel or postpone your lesson at least 8 hours prior to your lesson time, so we can allocate this time slot to another student.

No shows

If we attend your address and you do not undertake your scheduled driving lesson, a cancellation fee of $30 will be incurred.


We are aware that emergencies or work commitments happen but please notify us as soon as possible. If you need to cancel on the day, please be aware that unless you get a reply, your message has not been read. Our drivers are instructing all day and Facebook is not attended to until after hours, so please phone or text, along with your full name and time slot. If you have your instructor’s mobile, please notify them also.


we endeavour to work in with you and your lifestyle and commitments as much as possible. We offer lessons from 7am to 7.30pm, 7 days a week. We can pick you up from anywhere (home, school, work, sports etc) and drop you at most locations within a reasonable distance. Any changes to pick up or drop off locations even if discussed with your instructor must be confirmed with Mark.

We ask you to be ready and waiting to go at your lesson time as your lesson starts from your booked time. We aim to be there 5 minutes before your booking time. If we are running late (more than 10 minutes) we will try our best to contact you, but no phones whilst driving hinders us to do this at times.

If you are at a business address, please give the name of it as well as street and number. Ensure we have students’ mobile number so we can contact them directly on lesson day, if need be.

To ensure you can secure the most convenient time slot, please book in advance to avoid disappointment. You may request certain dates and times, but these are not always available so you may be offered an alternate date and time via text or Facebook.

Mark endeavours to attend to requests as soon as possible, but be aware he is the secretary also, so it may be evenings before he gets to attend to messages and queries.

If unsure or need confirmation of bookings, please contact Mark via Mobile: 0417 828294.

Beginner drivers

If you are a beginner, we advise four lessons close together so you can become confident behind the wheel and on the road and then be able to drive with a licensed driver to obtain your 100 hours.

Then when you are progressing towards your 100 hours continue with lessons to get you undertaking and understanding safe driving, working towards your Ps test. Practice is the key to being the best safe driver.

When you are booking lessons Pre Test, its advisable that we meet you in the City if from out of town area to give you the best possible outcome first go.

Meeting Places:

Cairns Central: Loading bay on North Side of lights at Shield Street and McLeod St, Cairns, outside of Cairns Central Entrance.
Cock N Bull: Grove Street North Cairns, in rear Carpark via driveway by Hotel.

Booking for Your Ps Test:

As soon as you have booked your test, either online or over the phone, please ensure you contact us immediately to book your test in Cairns or Bentley Park.

We will need to know the test time, not the appointment time please and which test centre you have booked into. We can cater for tests in Innisfail, Mareeba, and Atherton, please discuss this with Mark.

You can use your vehicle or ours.

Booking a one-hour lesson before your test is advisable as it will enable us to correct any remaining issues, and warm you up for your driving test to freedom.

Or Hire Goodmarks Vehicle for a minimum of 2 hours (payable in advance to secure our vehicle and your booking). You get approx. a 50-minute lesson before Ps Test, get you registered at TMR for your appointment time and then onto your Test. We wait for you to obtain your new license and if needed get you home (within City limits).

Bring with You: Driver’s License (Passport if on International License). Cash or Card for New License or your Parents’.
D/L Fees start at 1 year for $82.15, or up to 5 years $184.00 approx. This carries you through to your open license. You must complete a Hazard Perception Test Online (fee payable) after 12 months of obtaining your Ps, you won’t proceed to Green Ps until this is undertaken. You DON’T get a reminder from TMR.

To get the most out of your Pre-Test Lesson we recommend you meet us at the appropriate TMR Depot.
Cairns: 82-86 Kennedy St Portsmith, either enter with your vehicle or wait in rear carpark via Owen Close (Side Rd)
Bentley Park: 96 McLaughlin Rd Bentley Park @ Shopping Centre.