Mike Morwood was one of the leading archaeologists of his time. While he will be remembered primarily for his high-profile discovery of a new species, Homo floresiensis in the cave of Liang Bua, on the island of Flores, Indonesia, he also made world-class contributions to rock art research and to regional studies in Northern Australia. Mike Morwood’s vision was always ‘big picture’. His career is characterised by large scale, regional projects in Northern Australia and Indonesia, developed through multi-disciplinary teams of researchers. These collaborative projects provided new data and interpretations on long-term changes in fauna, climate, local environments, human activities and their interactions, in both Australian and Indonesia.