September 1987 - Bushman 'Business Trip!'


It's true. We literally eat, sleep and breathe fridges down here. And have been for over 35 years.

So if you have any queries or questions, please give us a ring.

We'll gladly take any opportunity to talk shop.


We like to keep things simple. 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.

Here's a beaut video of the founder of Bushman, Gary Kottmann, talking about his philosophy of quality control and how every fridge is tested with our care and attention:


We're always available for you.

Got some questions about your Bushman, or simply need a hand choosing a fridge?

You can pick up a phone and call us directly, or shoot us an email, or a PM, or even a fax...

Chances are, you might even get to speakto me!



Tom Stockdale




DP Refrigeration was established by Gary Kottmann in Melbourne, Australia in 1982. With a background in engineering and a passion for no bull 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.

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 Original 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 portable fridge we sell today.

When Consul ceased operation in 2011, we established the brand Arcticold to design and import offgrid fridges into Australia.

In 2017 we re-branded the entire business to better reflect our combined operations as Bushman Offgrid. We now 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.