Clarkson is a very mixed-use area with an abundance of facilities and a very large shopping and retail district, establishing it as a commercial town centre for the northern suburbs beyond the nearby city of Joondalup. The main road, Ocean Keys Boulevard, is home to the Ocean Keys Shopping Centre. The $105 million development of Ocean Keys commenced in January 2013. The development evolved the centre into an exciting retail destination by the end of 2014, showcasing a range of your favourite retailers, new dining precinct, new parking and transport options and unique leisure spaces for the community to connect, gather and enjoy.
A strip of restaurants and take-away outlets are situated directly west of the Shopping Centre, including branches of KFC, Hungry Jack’s, Subway, Pizza Hut, Sushi Noodle World and Masala Indian Restaurant. There are also other restaurants located within the suburb, Indian, Thai & Chinese restaurants near the train station, and a fish and chip shop located at the Clarkson Mini-Mart. The Whale+Ale pub and restaurant is located on the north side of Ocean Keys Boulevard, opposite the Shopping Centre. It is the only pub and main hub for nightlife in the suburb. There are 3 Medical Centres in the suburb, which are Key Largo Medical Centre, Ocean Keys Family Practice and Somerly Central Medical Centre.
Clarkson also has a smaller shopping market built in the first area of Clarkson developed. It is located opposite the Clarkson Primary School on the corner of Renshaw Boulevard and Ainsbury Parade. It features the mini-mart store, dentist, bottle shop and other small businesses.
There is an abundance of entertainment and leisure facilities around Clarkson. Over ten parks are located throughout the suburb, the two main ones being Anthony Waring Park and Richard Aldersea Park in the centre of the suburb. Anthony Waring Park is the largest by area and features sporting facilities. Many smaller parks around Somerly and Catalina include playgrounds and free barbecue areas for families. The Clarkson Youth Centre, near Ocean Keys, functions as a community centre and is also part of a wider youth precinct, incorporating a skate park and BMX tracks. Nearby is also the Clarkson Library, one of four public libraries in the Wanneroo area.
Newer housing estates within Clarkson include Somerly in south-east Clarkson, principally surrounding the railway station that was completed in 2008, and Catalina Central estate, which runs south of Ocean Keys Shopping Centre and Neerabup Road.