A mother who allegedly fled Queensland with her twin daughters and hid them from their father for four years won't be able to contact them under bail conditions.
The 45-year-old was charged with two counts of child stealing after she was allegedly found with the girls, aged 11, in the NSW town of Taree two weeks ago.
On Thursday she was granted conditional bail following a hearing in Brisbane Supreme Court.
As part of the terms of her release, she can't contact the girls, whom she is accused of taking from school at Townsville in 2014 when they were aged seven.
She's also been ordered to wear a tracking device, and her parents, with whom she will live, will pay a $50,000 surety.
The mother alleged disappeared after the collapse of her marriage, which happened about the time she was declared bankrupt.
The court heard she vanished during a custody dispute, and believed the girls were being abused by their father.
There was no evidence to support that claim, the court heard.
Since the woman was located, the girls have been living with their father in southeast Queensland.
In arguing for bail, defence barrister Tony Kimmins said she would likely have to wait in custody until next year before her matter could go to District Court trial.
Justice Peter Davis agreed the potential length of time was a concern.
"By the time this case gets on it's likely that (the woman) will have served a large proportion of any sentence that she would have been ordered to serve," he said.
The maximum jail term she faces is seven years, the court heard.
Prosecutor Matthew Hynes opposed bail, citing an unacceptable risk of her disappearing again.
"She has demonstrated an active ability to evade authorities for a long period of time with two girls," he said.
While the woman had managed to stay undetected for four years, Justice Davis questioned whether she would abscond without her children.
"She's shown an ability to effectively go off the grid ... but I'm not really sure she would be motivated to do that unless she's got the children," he said.
As part of bail, which has 16 conditions, the woman is required to report to police daily.
Her matter remains before the court.