13 years after being caught with a boogie board bag containing more than 4 kgs of marijuana at Bali's Denpasa airport, Corby was finally back in Australia on Sunday morning, after being deported from Indonesia.
Schapelle Corby's mother, Rosleigh Rose, has expressed concern over how her daughter will adjust to life back in Australia - more than a decade since her arrest. This option was used to avoid disruption to the travelling public.
She was ushered into a room and appeared calm, with the scarf still over her hair, Mercedes by her side.
Corby has begun her long-awaited journey to freedom, leaving her Kuta home amidst dramatic and chaotic scenes, where she was bundled into a vehicle.
Proving her innocence became a national cause, sparking "Free Schapelle" T-shirts and "Boycott Bali" banners.
The dramatic courtroom scenes of her breaking down in tears as she was convicted and her sister Mercedes screaming from the sidelines were watched live by millions of Australians.
The head of Kuta police said he was taking measures to secure the streets around Schapelle Corby's Bali home ahead of her much-anticipated return to Australia today.
His reasoning is that Corby's departure must not be allowed to disrupt society in Bali.
Photos of the convicted criminal unmasked inside the Parole Board office in Denpasar and of her emergency passport issued to enable her deportation were also widely circulated on social media.
As he spoke with media outside the house, Mercedes Corby was heard shouting from inside: "Get away from our house. stop perving. and get the cameras out please".
Denpasar police spokesman Sugriwo said about 200 officers had been preparing for several days.
She was also granted a five-year reduction in her sentence following an appeal for clemency to former Indonesian president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
To document her travels, the former beauty therapist opened an Instagram account on Friday that attracted more than 3000 followers nearly immediately.
People outside the parole gates were asking what's happening, with local media and police yelling back "Corby, Corby" to which locals knowingly nodded.
Dr Hartawan said that Corby had refused a full medical check, telling them she was fine and healthy, questioning why a medical was needed.
Mercedes told Fairfax Media: "Schapelle is holding up well, it's going to be a big day".
"I'm getting excited now - it's been 12-and-a-half years coming", she said. And it seems that Corby was so very close to never coming home at all. But even on this, she may have had the last laugh with reports that she switched flights.
"We only see her physical condition, monitoring her", he said.
Her case outraged many Australians, with some viewing her sentence as too harsh, and affected foreign relations between Australia and Indonesia. Her sister Mercedes, who lives in Indonesia, shielded her from journalists' cameras as they walked to a auto.
Last month, Corby asked Bali corrections chief Surung Pasaribu when she could return to Indonesia.