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Bali pair make final journey together

Bodies of Noelene and Yvana Bischoff return to Australia after being released from a Bali morgue.

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The bodies of Noelene and Yvana Bischoff have been returned to Australia but not before confusion surrounded their release from a Bali morgue.

Ms Bischoff, 54, and her daughter Yvana, 14, died in mysterious circumstances in Bali within hours of each other on January 4 after becoming violently ill at the start of their two-week holiday in Bali.

The pair, from the Sunshine Coast, arrived back in Brisbane at 5.09am Saturday on Virgin Australia flight VA4198 after a week of wrangling between Indonesian and Australian authorities.

The bodies of Noelene Bischoff, 54, and her daughter Yvana, 14, arrive in Brisbane early on Saturday morning.

The bodies of Noelene Bischoff and her daughter Yvana arrive in Brisbane early on Saturday morning. Photo: AAP

Their bodies were taken to the John Tonge Centre at Coopers Plains, in Brisbane's south, for autopsies and formal identification.

But before their final flight home, their departure was cloaked in mystery amid confusing scenes at the Sanglah Hospital morgue in Denpasar.

As the two coffins left the morgue, covered in black fabric, identification documents taped to the top indicated they contained a Russian and a Dutch citizen.

Noelene Bischoff and her daughter Yvan Jeana Yuri Bischoff who died in possible food poisoning in Bali.

Noelene and her daughter Yvana died in Bali in mysterious circumstances. Photo: Supplied

No Russian citizens were listed in the morgue, according to Sanglah Hospital records.

A morgue staffer told Fairfax Media he was unsure whose bodies were in the coffins, although the Bischoffs were definitely no longer there.

The confusion was short-lived.

The sealed room at Padang Bai beach resort, Bali, where Noelene Bischoff and her daughter Yvana were staying before their deaths.

The sealed room at Padang Bai beach resort, Bali, where Noelene and Yvana were staying before their deaths. Photo: Amilia Rosa

Both mother and daughter were formally identified in Brisbane on Saturday morning by Ms Bischoff's brother-in-law, Kevin Bowe.

Shortly after the plane landed, Ms Bischoff's brother, Malcolm, said getting them home was an important step.

"We're really relieved to have them back here," he said.

Indonesian investigators had intended to perform autopsies on the Bischoffs in Bali, but eventually ceded to the family's wishes for them to be performed in Australia.

"I suppose it's a bit more on our terms now. There's been a lot of uncertainty dealing with the Indonesian authorities, though (the Indonesian people) have been great," Mr Bishcoff said.

"When they were over there (in Bali), it was all on their terms."

Mr Bischoff said he hoped to have some answers about why his sister and niece died so unexpectedly.

The next step, he said, was a funeral. Although the timing of that was still uncertain.

"As soon as (the autopsy) is done, and we have more clarity," Mr Bischoff said.

"We don't know how long it takes."

Mr Bischoff said there were "too many people" to thank for the logistical operation that saw the bodies returned.

"To everyone that's been involved in the past 12 hours, I'd just like to say thank you," he said.

"It's not just a plane – it's hundreds of people."

Virgin Australia flew Ms Bischoff and Yvana back to Australia free of charge.

Queensland's acting Attorney-General David Crisafulli said investigations into the cause of the Bischoffs' deaths, including autopsies and associated specialist analysis, would begin immediately at the request of the Queensland State Coroner.

"While everyone wants answers swiftly, it is impossible to say how long these examinations may take until the pathologist has conducted his examinations,'' he said.

"I would like to again express my deepest sympathies on behalf of the government to Noelene and Yvana's family and friends who we will continue to support in any way possible."