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Peter Ceola

Peter Ceola is one of Rockhampton's longest serving and most recognised driving instructors. He offers thorough manual driving lessons to all drivers - including those with absolutely no experience. He is also an accredited defensive driving instructor that can provide certified training to those wishing to explore what they need to do when things go wrong.


Peter places an emphasis on building driver confidence as well as improving hazard and risk perception. Lessons can be scheduled to suit the learner and evening lessons are also available.

Peter also featured in a Morning Bulletin article addressing the concern local students had regarding the wait time for driving tests: Long wait for driving tests

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You can book a lesson online using the button below or emailing us at admin@firstlesson.com.au.

Peter Ceola Features


  • Defensive driving courses
  • Evening lessons available
  • Practical practice tests
  • Progress reports

What you need to know

In Queensland, everyone loves driving. The roads are great, the weather is amazing and the drivers are friendly. If you want to join this big family behind the wheel you need your driving licence. Once you turn 16, you can apply for your learner licence. This allows you to drive under the supervision of an experienced driver who has held their open license for at least one year.

Getting your Learner License

First things first, to get your learner licence you'll need to pass a written road rules test. The written test for a car consists of 30 multiple-choice questions about road rules and driver licence requirements. All the information you need to pass the test can be found here: Your keys to driving in Queensland.

Applying for the test

Now you're ready to apply for a learner licence at a Department of Transport and Main Roads Customer Service Centre. If there isn't one nearby, you may also be able to apply at a QGAP office or a local police station.

What you'll need to take

Don’t forget to take with you a completed driver licence application form F3000, your evidence of identity and a medical certificate (if required). You'll also need to pay for both the written test and license fee.


Practice Test

To boost your confidence you can try out our practice driving test. The transport department also has an online road rules practice test.

What's next?

If you pass the written road rules test, you will receive your learner licence, a learner’s kit and a logbook. If you do not pass the written test, it’s not the end of the world; you just have to wait until the next business day and you'll be able to take it again. However, you will have to pay the test fee once for each time you take the test.

In order to drive by yourself, you'll need to progress to a P1 provisional license. You'll need to be at least 17, have held your learner license for more than a year and have 100 hours of supervised driving recorded in your logbook. You'll then submit your logbook and book your practical driving test (this can be done through your instructor). Once you've passed the test, you'll be able to drive entirely unsupervised!

Serviced Regions

Discover instructors, tips and information tailored to your area.

We are currently based in Central Queensland, however we do have several partners throughout Australia and can accomodate most areas. If your suburb isn't listed please let us know and we'll see if any of our partners can help you out!


Rockhampton is the largest city in Central Queensland and is where First Lesson began. We service many suburbs in the greater region but if yours isn't listed please contact us and we'll endeavour to have one made available.

  • Allenstown
  • Berserker
  • Emu Park
  • Frenchville
  • Glenlee
  • Gracemere
  • Mount Archer
  • Norman Gardens
  • Rockhampton
  • Yeppoon

Tips and Information for Learning to Drive in Rockhampton

We'll list relevant information here as we come across it. If you've got any tips that might be able to help out future students please let us know and we'll make sure it's listed!


Where to get your license in Rockhampton

The Department of Transport and Main Roads in Rockhampton is located at 31 Knight St - just across the bridge on North side. This is where you'll need to go to perform tests, complete forms, pay fees and acquire your license.

Queues are often fairly long - you should expect to wait, especially during peak periods.

Note that the department is unfortunately closed on the weekend. Operating hours are as follows:

  • Monday: 8:30am–4:30pm
  • Tuesday: 8:30am–4:30pm
  • Wednesday: 9:30am–4:30pm
  • Thursday: 8:30am–4:30pm
  • Friday: 8:30am–4:30pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Preferred Instructors

Below is a list of our current driving lesson instructors in the Rockhampton region. If you'd like another instructor or you're seeking an automatic license please let us know and we'll ensure that an appropriate instructor is made available.

Peter Ceola

Peter Ceola is a renowned instructor in Central Queensland specialising is manual cars and developing defensive aptitudes. See his full profile for more information or to book a lesson: Peter Ceola's Profile


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