Her 2004 arrest at age 27 after customs officers found 4 kilograms (9 pounds) of marijuana inside her boogie board bag sparked a media frenzy in Australia on par with America's O.J. Simpson trial.
They then entered a black auto waiting outside which was surrounded by police and the media as it drove out the narrow ally that leads to the residence.
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.
Schapelle Corby leaves her home in Bali before being deported.
Plans are now being drawn up for tomorrow when Corby will report to her parole officers for one last time before being taken to the airport to be deported to Brisbane.
Convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby will set foot on Australian soil on Sunday morning for the first time in more than 12 years. Approching (sic) parole office for the last time.
On Friday, the head of Bali's law and human rights office, Ida Bagus Ketut Adnyana, said the heavy police presence was needed because "it's not normal, there are too many people".
TV stations and magazines are fighting for the first interview and going to extreme measures in their efforts to get close to her.
Her final day on the Indonesian island was a blaze of media attention, as she was hustled out of a villa with her face hidden under a scarf, and then chased by a huge pack of journalists across Bali before boarding a flight home.
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"She said to us, You can see that I am healthy".
Tensions are running very high between the waiting media and those inside the Corby compound, and it's understood that a former police officer by the name of John McLeod has just arrived to assist Schapelle with the move. "I don't see a security threat for her but we are responsible as police, whether there is a threat or not".
Sampurno said Corby is banned from entering Indonesia for the next six months, and will be reviewed after that time is up.
"Schapelle Corby's name has been famous for 12 or 13 years, she's a brand, there's no doubt about it".
Corby was required to attend at the prosecutor's office one last time but a stand off with officials continues in regard to that and it appears unlikely she will report there today.
It comes as officials reveal more than 100 Bali police will be involved in Saturday's deportation of Schapelle Corby. "I'm sure it was be far worse when she gets home". They have remained close: "She is really witty and very amusing".
"I have to do the security by increasing the police keeping guard on the streets around here", he said, referring to the area around the Corby villa. There will be Denpasar police who will be responsible for the security of the process.
Released from active supervision a few hours early, she would not be technically free until midnight, but no one was watching the clock. 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.
"The auto is usually used to take prisoners", he said, adding that the Corby family had not sought this.