9 things you know if you grew up in Toowoomba

TOOWOOMBA wasn't always a city booming with developments driving to change the city, it was once a simpler place to live.

If you are a true Toowoomba resident, you'll know how to speak the lingo and remember a time when the best take-out spot was still McDonald's.

Here are nine signs you grew up in Toowoomba:

1. Whenever there was a big event on in town such as The Carnival of Flowers or the Heritage Bank Toowoomba Royal Show you complained about the tourists, but secretly loved that Toowoomba was getting so much attention. You also went to the events anyway.

Carnival of Flowers 2013, Crowds of people in Queens Park, Sunday, September 22, 2013. Photo Kevin Farmer / The Chronicle
Carnival of Flowers Kevin Farmer

2. T-bar, the Woomb, Woomba or even Poowoomba are all acceptable nicknames for the city.

3. Grandie and Cliffos. Is there anyone in this city who actually says Grand Central or Clifford Gardens?

Toowoomba: Clifford Gardens Shopping Centre Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle
Clifford Gardens Shopping Centre Bev Lacey

4. Before The Strand Cinemas underwent renovations you would be disappointed to find out your favourite movies were being screened there. Just for the fact the arm rests don't go up and there is no elevation in the seats.

5. As Australians we like to shorten our words, even when it comes to our pubs. Most of the city's well known pubs have a nickname which is more common than their actual names.

  • The Fed - Federal Hotel
  • The Tatts - Tattersalls Hotel
  • The Cow - Spotted Cow
  • The Mill - Mill Street Tavern
  • The Golfie - City Golf Club
  • The Mort - Mort Estate Hotel
  • Fibber's - Fitzy's Fibber Magees, these days known as Tapestry bar
CHEERS. Gavan Chin raises his glass of Fat Yak on International Beer Day. Fat Yak is a beer made in Western Australia. As new owner of the Federal Hotel, Gavan wants to bring in organic craft beers with the same German purity laws but iin Australian beers. Photo: Robyne Cuerel / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Gavan Chin raises his glass of Fat Yak on International Beer Day. Robyne Cuerel

6. Kearneys Spring gets an honorary mention because no two residents can agree whether it's Kearneys Spring, Kearneys Springs or Kearney Springs.

7. Toowoomba is the most populated inland city in Queensland the the second most populus inland city in Australia and you make sure you tell anyone who refers to it as a country town.

Welcome to Toowoomba sign
Welcome to Toowoomba

8. You were always thrilled when bands would actually come to Toowoomba to perform at the Empire Theatre.

9. You stare at older people when they complain about driving from one end of Toowoomba to the other because it 'takes too long.'

Tailgateing 29 September, 2014. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer
Driving in Toowoomba Mike Richards