And, finding her voice for the first time, Corby broke her three-year public silence and created a brand new Instagram account.
Balinese officials called Saturday D-Day.
Corby's case and that of the so-called Bali Nine, who were arrested in 2005 on charges of smuggling heroin from Indonesia into Australia had enormous resonance as a domestic political issue in Australia.
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.
She also had bodyguard to the stars John McLeod, who has provided security for Leonard Cohen, Roger Federer and the Dalai Lama.
With dozens of media swamping her on her final exit from her Kuta home, Schapelle Corby raised her handbag into the air to show a picture of missing NSW boy William Tyrell pasted to the side of the black leather.
About 200 police officers were deployed to secure her deportation in Denpasar, Bali's capital, said Ida Bagus Adnyana, who heads Bali's Justice and Human Rights office.
"We will have officers from traffic, mass control, intelligence officers in plain clothes, regular officers in uniform", he told Fairfax Media.
Schapelle Corby has avoided the media and left Brisbane Airport less than half an hour after her flight arrived from Bali early this morning.
The Corby family, including Schapelle's sister Mercedes, had requested privacy from the media crews gathered at the home.
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"They know Schapelle was innocent". Her sister Mercedes lives on the Gold Coast, while her mother lives in Loganlea, south of Brisbane.
Schapelle Corby has set up an Instagram account.
Her deportation from Indonesia was complete with a heavy security presence and a media frenzy.
Dr Agung Hartawan from Kerobokan jail visits Schapelle Corby's house in Kuta lane with a parole officer to check her health.
"I don't see the security threat for her but this is the responsibility as police, whether there is a threat or not the police must have responsible (sic) for security", Mr Sumara said.
However, one thing that had struck Ms Bonella about Corby since her release from jail was that she was not bitter. Many Australians also began to doubt her claims of innocence as time passed.
"When she gets here and settles in, we'll just have to make sure we get her out and about".
On parole in Bali, Corby was always alert for cameras and sneaky shots. "She is not thinking about that at all, she only wants to get on with her life and to be left in peace".
The actions in tthe lead up to her release gave a very strong impression that this was a special case. Her brother Michael, fresh from a surf, would rub the sand onto her feet.
The beauty school dropout covered her face with a scarf as she was bustled out of her home on the Indonesian resort island, amid heavy security as a huge pack of Australian and global journalists jostled to get a shot of her.