Clarkson is a recent and established residential area. Clarkson is bounded by Hester Avenue in the north, the proposed Mitchell Freeway in the east, an east-west alignment south of Neerabup Road in the south and Marmion Avenue in the west. Clarkson is named after an early landowner in the area.
Development of the area dates primarily from the early 1990s. Rapid growth took place from 1991, a result of new dwellings being added to the area. Growth was aided by the extension of the railway line in 2004.
Major features of the area include Ocean Keys Shopping Centre, Anthony Waring Park, Richard Aldersea Park, Walyunga Park and a number of schools.