Almost 13 years after the then-27-year-old first arrived in Bali carrying more than four kilograms of marijuana in her boogie board bag, the Australian is being deported back to Queensland tonight.
Media waiting at Brisbane's Sofitel Hotel and Ms Corby's home in Loganlea were left disappointed when she did not show at either location after leaving the airport.
They then entered a black vehicle waiting outside which was surrounded by police and the media as it drove out the narrow ally that leads to the residence.
The 39-year-old, who was arrested in 2004 at Bali airport, was bundled into a auto with tinted windows and sped off in a convoy that included armoured vehicles through narrow streets as curious onlookers gawped at the spectacle.
ABC News has been told Corby will need to visit Bali's parole office this afternoon to sign formal documentation before being taken to the airport and into immigration detention and a holding room.
Her steadfast proclamations of innocence and well-documented fight with mental illness in prison generated much sympathy in Australia, where she was often depicted as the victim of a conspiracy.
Normally the Parole Office has just two staff working on a Saturday but for Corby, chiefs called in 30 personnel from their usual day off.
Captain Sugriwa said the protection has been ordered by Bali's police chief to ensure a safe deportation of the Australian.
"Get away from our gate", she yelled.
Corby served nine years in Kerobokan prison following her conviction in 2005, less than half of her original 20-year sentence.
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The appearance of Schapelle Corby's parole officer raised speculation that she would be able to proceed straight to Ngurah Rai International Airport without having to stop at the Denpasar parole office and sign release papers, as previously predicted.
"When she gets here and settles in, we'll just have to make sure we get her out and about", she said.
"We appreciate Schapelle Corby's concern about William's disappearance and using this media opportunity to increase awareness that William is still missing", Where's William? campaign director Clare Collins said.
"We from Kuta police are only securing the area (in Kuta)".
Corby will be banned from re-entering Indonesia for six months - a term that could be repeatedly extended depending on requests from authorities.
"Schapelle Corby's name has been famous for 12 or 13 years, she's a brand, there's no doubt about it".
Corby was escorted by officials to a Virgin flight to Brisbane on Saturday, May 27. "I don't bring it up with her because it's not a nice subject", she told the publication. On Sunday she will be back on home turf.
It's not clear if Corby has a personal connection to the Tyrrell family or to the case. The actions in tthe lead up to her release gave a very strong impression that this was a special case. There will be Denpasar police who will be responsible for the security of the process.
Schapelle Leigh Corby following her arrest Pic Lukman S Bintoro.
"I have to do the security by increasing the police keeping guard on the streets around here".
How Corby adds to this narrative will be closely watched.