Driving School in Cairns

Howards Professional Driving School has been educating drivers since 1972. The business is built on the philosophy that safety is an essential part of being a good driver. While the business has changed hands a few times through the years, the vision has remained the same.

Paul and Maria James, who took over the business in 2014, are proud to uphold the strong reputation associated with Howards.

Thanks to a background in transport and communications, Paul and Maria are confident they have found the best Cairns driving instructors. Learning to drive with a professional and experienced instructor is an investment in your safe driving future. We don't just teach you to pass your driving test, we teach safe and legal driving methods. From that, you can pass on your own.

Our instructors can teach old drivers, young drivers, new drivers, drivers changing from automatic to manual licences and international drivers as well as refresher courses. If you have any questions about our service, call and chat to Maria at any time.

What makes our driving school different?

Our instructors are all trained in-house. When recruiting new instructors, we require them to undergo in-house training in addition to their accreditation, to ensure the How Drive standard is met.


Howards Professional Driving School is owned and operated by Paul and Maria James.
Paul - Driver trainer
Maria - Administrator
Phillip James - Driver trainer
Family owned — Howards Professional Driving School in Gordonvale QLD


  • We are the only RACQ Approved Driving School in the region.
  • All instructors have undergone training with Watto's Training, a Registered Training Organisation.
  • Howards Professional Driving School is one of only two schools in the area accredited to perform the Keys 2 Drive government initiative.
Accreditation — Howards Professional Driving School in Gordonvale QLD


Howards driving school has been operating in the Cairns region for 43 years.

We have also recently opened driving schools in the Atherton Tablelands and Whitsunday regions.
Lady learn to drive holding license — Howards Professional Driving School in Gordonvale QLD