A dedicated lifelong walker, Sandra worked in Melbourne, Australia, as an archivist and historian after doing a PhD on the history of national parks in her home state of Victoria. In her spare time she wrote a regular column about bushwalking (hiking) in Melbourne’s leading daily newspaper, and many articles and books on walking and national parks in south-eastern Australia (1977-89).
Sandra moved to Scotland in 1989, and she still lives beside Loch Ness. In recent years she has written guidebooks for Lonely Planet (Italy, Ireland, France, Scotland, Australia, 1998-2007), Rucksack Readers (England, Ireland and Scotland) and Sunflower Books (Croatia and Poland-Slovakia, 2006). She completed the Coast to Coast walk in June 2009 for her guidebook of that name, first published in 2010, second edition 2018.