September 1987 Bushman ‘Business Trip’


We've been building high quality portable, off grid and mobile fridges and accessories for our Australian customers for over 20 years.

We don’t make fridges to look fancy, we don’t make them out of cheap stuff like plastic, and we certainly don’t include unnecessary gimmicks like wifi or Bluetooth.

We believe a fridge should stay cold regardless of what you throw at it - and should always be at the temperature you set it to.

To do this, we keep things pretty simple. After all, we believe that simplicity is the key to reliability.

If we’re going to do something - we do it properly.

If it works - we don’t fix it. But if it’s broken - we fix it straight away.


DP Refrigeration was established by Gary Kottmann in Melbourne, Australia in 1982. With a background in engineering and a passion for no crap customer service, the business grew quickly and within a couple of years had developed a national distribution network for Consul gas fridges in Australia.

Over the subsequent 17 years DP Refrigeration became one of Consul/Whirlpools largest gas fridge distributors in the world and continued to support customers and distributors throughout Australia with the supply of high quality gas fridges and freezers to some of the most remote parts of this great land. When Consul ceased operation in 2011, we established Arcticold to design and import offgrid fridges into Australia.

In 1989, Bushman Portable Fridges was established as a division of DP Refrigeration. Bushman developed The Original SC 35 over 2 years from 1989 to 1991. During this time the Bushman was subjected to all manner of abuse in a wide variety of off road applications and any weaknesses assessed and modified until the final prototype was achieved.

In essence, this is the same fridge we sell today.

Fast forward to today, we are now known as Bushman Offgrid Refrigeration. We have a national independent dealer network for Bushman, which covers all major towns and cities in Australia. We have a great range of products, and are looking to the future with positivity and enthusiasm.

Our goals going forward are simple, make the best quality offgrid fridges and accessories possible and continue to support our independent retailers and customers. The last 30+ years have been great; the next 30 might be even better.